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Activity fee goes up 20 percent for middle schoolers in MVSD 244

High schools see 11 percent increase

— Students in Mountain View School District 244 will pay more to play this fall.

The board of trustees voted at its July 23 board meeting, during a scheduled public hearing, to raise the junior high extracurricular activity fee by $10, or 20 percent, from $50 to $60, and the high school fee by $8, or 11 percent, from $72 to $80 per student, per activity.

Superintendent Marc Scheibe has requested a 25 percent fee increase ($9) in the elementary school fees, which are currently $36, but a discussion ensued on those activities being intramural which made the board table that topic until next month’s meeting.

“This seems like kind of a big jump,” board vice-chair first said when Scheibe brought up the topic.

District business manager Becky Hogg let the board know the last time activity fees were raised was for the 2010-11 school year.

“I believe you are putting another bidder on taxpayers and pricing people out of opportunities,” said Clearwater Valley schools teacher Vinnie Martinez.

Katrena Hauger, Grangeville Elementary Middle School PE teacher, also explained that intramural basketball includes grades four, five and six, and they do not travel.

“It’s a chance to learn the basics, and many kids participate,” she said.

“Large increases are going to be tough, as we have three boys who participate in everything,” said CV teacher Michelle Fabbi.

“How did we come up with these increases if a cost-of-service analysis has not been completed?” asked GEMS teacher Bernadette Edwards after more discussion and questions.

Trustee Mike Dominguez, Kooskia, said the program always operates in the red – the district is always paying out more for the activities than they take in – so it “doesn’t really matter if there is a precise cost analysis right now.”

Patron Cody Edwards voiced, “You cannot charge intramurals to compensate for school-sanctioned sports.”

“We don’t want to rip people off – we want to sustain the programs. I understand the need to start early – back when I played, I started as a freshman. You just don’t do that anymore,” board chair Lot Smith, Grangeville, said.

The intramural fee issue will be looked into and then discussed at an upcoming board meeting.


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