Pay-to-play fees due Nov. 6

Perkins Schools fees, to be fully paid day after November levy election, range from $730 per high school sport to $100 per club
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 19, 2013
Fall athletes at Perkins Schools must pay all their participation fees by Nov. 6, according to guidelines the district released this week.
Click the link below to view a chart of data illustrating how Perkins Schools calculated the pay-to-participate fees.
The one-page outline details the specifics of the recently hiked fees, which were officially implemented after a majority of voters rejected the district’s 10-year, 6.73-mill emergency operating levy proposal Aug. 6.
The fees, according to the guidelines:
•$730 per high school sport.
•$220 per high school music participation (band or choir).
•$185 per middle school sport.
•$100 per high school or middle school club, although the amount approved on the Perkins school board meeting agenda in June was $150.
Pay-to-participate fees for athletes will cover transportation fees and coach and adviser salaries, according to the guidelines. They will also cover the athletic director Mike Strohl’s salary and benefits, about $109,000, and athletic secretary Linda Bixler’s salary and benefits, about $27,000.
Perkins Schools calculated the cost of pay-to-participate fees by adding the total cost of each sport and dividing by 622, the total number of athletes participating in district sport in the past school year, according to data the Register obtained from treasurer Lisa Crescimano.
The calculation means all athletes will pay the same fee, even if one sport is costlier than another.
The costliest sport per player is girls basketball, at $1,240, while the cheapest sport per player is cheerleading, at $373, according to the data. Sports cost the district $454,000 total this past school year.
If a majority of voters approve the November levy — identical to the levy they rejected in May — all fees paid up to that point will be refunded, according to the guidelines. Pay-to-participate fees will return to $35 for high school sports and $25 for middle school sports. Students participating in band and and choir will no longer pay fees.
Perkins Schools administrators will release more information regarding pay-to-participate fees Tuesday. Pick up Wednesday’s Register for details.



I hate to tell you Perkins but you FORCE kids to participate in band or choir so that will not be paid at that rate, I believe you guys are truly asking for trouble! I'm not afraid to hire a lawyer. ... you guys are idiots!


2 families sue Ann Arbor schools over fees for 7th-hour classes:

Tool Box

If they are making the kids take the class then it falls under the school curriculum course schedule and additional fees cannot be mandated. Take them to court!


Band and choir are electives. Students ELECT to take them. They do not need to take them to graduate. Because of choice, it will never hold up in court.


Wrong, Wes. They may be an "elective" but are the same as an art credit, which is required. We just went through it with our daughter. Nice twist. It may be tested in court. Plenty of case law in relation to this crap out there. $220 for choir is ludicrous!


Do your homework. They do not need to take music or art at all in high school. They fulfill their graduation requirement in 7th and 8th grade. This sucks that I have to PROVE my points, while you just RANT.


How are they going to fulfill your alleged requirement when the programs no longer exist in the middle school? How come my child has to fulfill this requirement at the high school level, and pay for it? Get your facts straight, twister.


Concert choir fulfills the requirement, and is free. My daughter is taking it this year.


Is it accredited in the junior high and waives the necessity to take an art in high school? How many credits/units for concert choir are applied to the five necessary for graduation? Also, this could be considered a major loophole to avoid paying fees at the high school level. Those that didn't previously get these requirements in at the middle school level are being forced to pay for it financially now. Sort of like the grandfather clause, I guess?

Also, does the Middle School Concert Choir use busing for off school performances, i.e. OVH performances, Kalahari Christmas, etc.?


The concert choir course I am speaking of is at the high school.

From the Grave

Just vote yessssssssssssss................


Why? There's no reason to. As we're seeing, Perkins is doing just fine.


Do we need a athletic director at $109,000 for 9 months work? Perkins is a small school.No wonder the school needs money,they spend money like it's OSU.


Re:Pay-to-participate fees for athletes will cover transportation fees and coach and adviser salaries, according to the guidelines. They will also cover the athletic director Mike Strohl’s salary and benefits, about $109,000, and athletic secretary Linda Bixler’s salary and benefits, about $27,000.

When I was in high school the Athletic Director was also the shop teacher. The AD was a part time job. Has the job changed that much in 25 years? Or is this a case of creating a full time job to help a buddy out?


Well, Title IX was in it's infancy 25 years ago.

Tool Box

No need for a director. Coaches can report to the principal like they do in grade school.


There are no sports in grade school.

Tool Box

I'm sorry, I consider middle school grade school because it is pre-high school.

Raoul Duke

You mean AN athletic director, of course. Good Lord.


Perkins is now one of the highest schools in the state for pay to play:

Why is Band and Choir being counted as a sport when it is a state requisite?

Coaching/Music/Choir supplemental pay scale:


Neither band nor choir are state requirements. A fine art credit is. That could be art class.


Informed? But "fine art" is and music and choir fall under the "fine arts" classification thus providing those taking the class a credit. They give you the option of either or, meaning art class, music or choir. If music and choir were not credited as fine arts, you would have over two hundred additional kids in art class and band and choir would truly be just a sport and not a recognized, credited class.

So if it is a district and state recognized "fine art" credit, why the excessive fees or any at all? Gas to football games? Two or three contests? Skip the five away games and save the parents some money. In addition, why hold a camp at Kelleys Island when it could be held on the mainland at a minimal cost to the parents? What cost is their camp?


Agreed. But you originally said either band or choir was required. I was merely pointing out that is wasn't, which is true.


Informed - I would love to see what the parents of students in the band program alone pay per year including this additional $220.


Not sure of the cost this year, but last year was about $340 per kid. All camp costs are paid for by the students and the Band Boosters.


Thank you, sash. Getting expensive when you start adding it all up. You have to admit, an additional $220 for band or choir is a bit much!


Alissa -

Since Band and Choir are credited classes and included in this pay to play program, could you please get a break down of the same said costs per student as the athletic programs. I think the public might be surprised! Thanks.

local man

I would contribute $10 to the cause if someone stopped by with a fundraising card.


Despite Medina school levy defeat, Board cuts in half pay-to-play fees:


$109k for an athletic director AND he needs a $27k secretary? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Really vote NO in NOvember! What a mess!