Schools to consider activity fees

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The Hayden School Board today will consider a student fee proposal to help pay for sports and other activities.

Superintendent Mike Luppes and a committee of parents are proposing two sets of fees, including a $10 flat fee for all students in kindergarten through 12th grades.

That fee would pay for students' admission into regular sporting and other events and also help defray costs for field trips, student clubs and educational assemblies.

The second set of fees would be charged primarily to student athletes and would depend on the number of sports they participate in.

Hayden High School students would pay $50 for the first sport and $25 for the second sport. In Hayden Middle School, students would pay $30 for the first sport and $15 for the second sport. There would be no charge for additional sports in either school.

The board also will discuss whether other activities, mainly speech, band and Future Business Leaders of America, should be included in that fee schedule.

The proposal includes a stipulation that families will pay no more than $200 in student fees, and students who quality for the free and reduced lunch program may be eligible for waivers.

Hayden is the only school district in the region that does not charge activity fees, Luppes said.

"The purpose of the school is academics," he said. "We love the activities. We think they are critical to the success of the students, but we have to have some way for sports to pay a little of the way for themselves."

Hayden students currently do not pay bus or lodging costs for out-of-town activities sponsored by the school.

In other business, the board will discuss possible improvements to the middle school gym, which has a leaky roof and problems with the floor and lighting.

"There are numerous things we need to do if we want to keep maintaining the facility," Luppes said.

The district has advertised for bids to replace the roof but so far has received none, he said.

The gym issue coincides with a larger discussion about other needed projects and items including copy machines, new computers in the high school computer lab and patching and sealing parking lots.

Money for the projects would come from the district's capital reserve fund, which is about $120,000.

Also today, the board will consider a proposal to share its Spanish teacher with the North Park School district, which has had problems finding a person to fill its part-time position.

The board will discuss whether to extend Hayden's part-time Spanish teacher position to full-time and transmit classes to North Park via videoconference. North Park would help pay the teacher's salary.

The School Board will meet at 7 p.m. in the Hayden High School videoconference room.

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

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