Schools to decide on fees

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Hayden students may want to save some cash from summer jobs and allowances to help pay for sports and other school activities.

The Hayden School Board tonight plans to decide about a proposal requiring all students pay $10 toward the costs of field trips and special events, as well as fees to participate in sports.

It would be the first time Hayden students have had to pay activity fees.

The School Board tabled the issue last month to hear comments from parents. There has been some concern about implementation and the possible inclusion of some clubs in the fee schedule, but the district has received no negative feedback, Superintendent Mike Luppes said.

"I have not have had anyone call me and say they are really against activity fees," he said. "Everybody seems to understand the need for them."

The fees are necessary to help pay for rising costs of uniforms, officials, equipment, lodging and other expenses related to school-sponsored activities.

During the past school year, rising costs, paired with more student athletes and more travel resulted in the district spending 30 percent more than its budget for sports and activities.

The district hopes to close that gap by requiring sports fees.

Hayden High School students would pay $50 to participate in one sport and $25 for a second sport. Middle school students would pay $30 for the first sport and $15 for the second sport. There would be no charge for additional sports.

All students in kindergarten through 12th grade would pay a flat fee to help cover costs of assemblies and other educational activities. Students would not have to pay admission to regular athletic and other events.

Comparatively, activity fees in the Steamboat Springs and Moffat County school districts range from $25 for clubs to $100 for sports.

In Hayden, families would pay no more than $200 in fees, and students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program would be eligible for fee waivers.

Also tonight, the board plans to hire a part-time art teacher at Hayden Valley Elementary School.

A shift in funding has allowed the district to hire an art teacher one day a week for first- through fifth-grade students -- something parents and School Improvement Teams have wanted for a while, Luppes said.

The board plans to hire retired teacher Eilleen Coffelt, who has an art degree, for the position.

The elementary school has not had an art teacher for at least 18 years, if ever, Luppes said.

The School Board will meet at 7 p.m. today in the high school videoconference room.


-- To reach Tamera Manzanares, call 871-4204 or e-mail tmanzanares@steamboatpilot.com.

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