I think I am owed some money!
I hear you Forrest - SD 25 has some of the highest pay to play fees in the state!
So Summertime where should the funding come from for these activities? Should this be funded by the state or will this be passed onto the patrons of the school district? Is it truly a "constitutional right" to have all these activities to be "free" for the student? I don't know where the responsibility lies.
Can't wait to get my check! LOL
I hate paying the fees, but I do not want to see any program handicapped by lack of funding, especially one that one of my kids participate in. For that reason I am not necessarily against them. Part of the issue for me is that it is quite different from school to school, district to district etc. For the well to do areas it isn't a big deal. My kids go to Highland and it has not been a handicap. However, I know that for some programs at Pocatello High it is a huge deal. That is what was behind in part of what did away with the open enrollment in SD25. However, with that said is there a competitive advantage in sports etc when a school has no to little pay to play fees and the neighboring school has some of the largest in the state? The money has to come from somewhere. and those playing should pay their share, However, I would like to see something a little closer to the same across the board. However, that maybe a dream.
I don't remember not having to pay for personal supplies ever. If I built a woodworking project in shop I paid for the supplies . If I rebuilt an engine in automotive I paid for the supplies. If I needed binders, pencils ,notebooks I paid for them. The fees for sports have increased, but they are still an absolute bargain compared to the benefit my four kids have recieved. And only a fraction of what we pay for club programs.
In regard to extra-curricular activities this is a horrible idea. Schools supply the facilities, coaching, officials, transportation and everything else. Do we refund all the admission tickets to school sporting events?
In regard to school fees for curricular activities...just make it specifically clear through Idaho Code that curricular fees are a no go. Students are entitled to FAPE - Free and Appropriate Public Education. However, football, volleyball, and all the others are not required for FAPE. They are extra.