School Districts Consider Charging Students For Sports, Clubs

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) — With huge budget cuts coming from Governor Tom Corbett, school districts have taken a hard hit. Some of them have come up with ways to make up the money.

The Franklin Regional School District wants to charge students in grades seven through 12 an activity fee to take part in all extracurricular activities from sports to band and choir and all clubs.

The $50 would cover the entire school year even if a student is involved in several activities. No such deal if a family has several children in the district. Each child has to pay. If a child qualifies for free or reduced lunches, no activity fee will be assessed.

Franklin Regional says the state cut more than $1.2 million from its $47.5 million school budget. With more than 80 percent of the school population taking part in extracurricular activities, administrators expect the fees to bring in $75,000.

The school board will vote on the matter next month. Parents will be notified this summer.

The Beaver Area School District is thinking about charging students as well, but nothing is firm yet. Initially, the district would probably only charge athletes.

More than $900,000 was cut from Beaver’s $25 million budget.

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  • Jeff Becker

    Ice hockey costs up $2000 per season, inline hockey costs about $500. Why shouldn’t other sports pay to play. Hockey you even pay for transportation. I can understand why mens basketball and football are free due to the revenue they generate probably pays for itself. It costs alot of money to maintain baseball feilds. There’s nothing wrong with fees for sports ot extra curricular activities and sports.

  • chevelle64

    Sounds reasonable to me, why should my tax money go for sports,etc., I never had time for extracuricular activities, always too many jobs mowing lawns, paper route, shoveling sidewalks etc.

  • Scott Downs

    My kids attend the Franklin School District here in Venango County. We have been paying for our kids to participate in activities for a couple of years now and the school board still wants to cut some of the extra curricular activities anyway. To top it off the school board has voted for a $1 million plus upgrade of the football stadium at our school. I could possible understand the upgrade if we had any chances at a trophy, but seriosly? Our team is like the Pittsburgh Pirates of our conference (sorry Buccos! Your still MY team!!!!) Don’t let these people fool you. Eventually your schools will be like ours.

  • Zoeyzotron

    Possibly a reasonable request, I mean most top level athletes also are a member of a club team and you have to pay for that.

    However, the real problem is payroll…. and the unsustainable benefits….

  • anon

    on top of the thousands of dollars in tuition to go to Greensburg Central catholic, they want another $100 just to graduate! and if you’re tuition isn’t completely paid up, they won’t let you walk in the graduation ceremony.

  • Dave Dombrosky

    And then comes the parent who says “I’m paying for my kid to play basketball, he better get in every game.”

  • Mike

    Enough already. I live in Woodland Hills SD, have no children, my parents paid for me to go to a catholic school, and I’m expected to pick up the tab for kids who are illiterate coming out of high school, whose parent(s) contribute nothing to the district, and now they want more money for the kids to participate in sports? Who do you think is going to pay for the kids whose families already don’t pay taxes?

  • Sam

    This is all a farce. Last week, on the front page of the left-wing publication in Uniontown there were pictures of teacher marching and holding signs begging to save the education of the students. These are the same teachers who auithorized a strike for more money. If theye were sincere they wouldn’t be demanding pay increases.

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