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.