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Special meeting will focus on pay-to-participate fees

Sandusky Register Staff • Nov 16, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Changes to Perkins Schools pay-to-participate fees are likely looming. 


School board members have scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the fees, according to a news release.


It will take place at Perkins High School’s administrative service center.


The announcement came just hours after board members agreed to return a portion of moved funds back to the district’s operating fund.


In 2011, they moved the operating funds, called “inside millage,” into a separate account used for building projects. The move quickly depleted the district’s operating fund, with voters rejecting multiple tax levy proposals to restore it.


One of the aftereffects: to keep the district’s athletic budget afloat, student pay-to-participate fees skyrocketed, with high schoolers paying as much as $730 per sport this school year.


Fees in the past school year were $35 per high school sport. After board members returned the inside millage to the district’s operating fund Wednesday, they said they hadn’t determined what they’ll do with the new money.


They did say restoring pay-to-participate fees to their original amount was an option. The millage move will return about $1.4 million to the district’s operating fund each year, superintendent Jim Gunner said.


The district will receive about half that amount in the current school year, with the first payment collected in February. Prior to the move, Perkins Schools officials estimated they’d only have about $23,500 in reserve cash left at the end of the current school year.


The district’s annual budget is about $21 million. When contacted via email Thursday, treasurer Lisa Crescimano said Tuesday’s meeting will likely be very short, and the fees are the only planned topic of discussion.


An agenda for the meeting won’t be available until that day, Crescimano said.


Want to go?

• WHAT: Perkins school board special meeting

• WHEN: 5 p.m. Tuesday

• WHERE: Perkins High School, 3714 Campbell St.

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