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
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.
 

Comments

Informed

Of course band directors work longer when it's marching band season. Do other teachers spend 12 hours a day for a week with kids in the summer? Do they work with kids for 4-6 hours during games nights? Do they work with them 2-3 hours a day after school or in the evening for practice? You sound clueless.
Of course picking our and ordering sheet music is part of their prep time. I was just giving that as an example of something they might do at home on their own time.
I don't know if the Perkins band director is underpaid or overpaid. I don't know much about him/her. But I do know to expect a teacher or anyone else to do a second job and not pay them is ludicrous!
Teachers did not cause this mess. Gunner and the board did. Place blame where blame should lie.

fifteenthgreen

Informed -

Not sure where this is going. The director(s) teach one evening, Thursday night, from 6-9 pm, from the start of the school year through October and this is by choice, not necessity. No after school rehearsals take place after school unless it is that of the staff, i.e. flag corp, drill team, etc... and they are paid, supplemental employees. Occasionally, a lesson is given by a director. Sheet music and music selection is done during school hours and is no different than preparing a lesson plan. Twelve hours a day during the summer is again by choice and not mandated or necessary to field a band. Camp again is not mandated but takes place due to their own traditions and choice. Again, not necessary to simply field a band for ten halftime shows.

The band director(s) are paid appropriately based on years of service, education, success and results.

My whole point was not to create a band battle or bring negative light to their program or salaries. It's the pay to play that rubs me the wrong way with band and choir classes and these two entities are being used as a pawn to achieve one thing...get votes.

Gardenman

Well said and I too do not believe band directors or choir directors work inordinately more than a classroom teacher. If anyting they are compensated more often than a classroom teacher for the work they do beyond the school day.

I think or founding fathers in creating in the state constitution that a public education will be provided by the citizens felt that school was from the start of the school day till the end of the established school day. Now if parents want their child to play football, basketball, march in the band at football games and those are all outside the normal school day then that should be paid for by the parents.

I don't think the lady who lives next door to me and has only a Social Security income should be saddled with paying for the kid across the street who choses to play on the varsity football tean That is the kid's choice and thus the parent/s responsibility to foot or in this case pay the plat to participate fees.

I am hard pressed to see any reason why any parent in the Perkins City Schools should not feel an obligation to pay for their child to participate in things like sports, clubs, music, etc. that happen OUTSIDE the school day. Those are the options and ornaments to a basid education that the taxpayers provide in a normal school day.

sash

Plus the man has been Perkins band director for 34 years! Give me a break! The system has over a $20 millon budget and completely eliminating band, chorus and ALL the sports isn't going to make up the projected deficit next year. Eliminating sports would only make a tiny difference and music or art is a State requirement for graduation. These are easy targets, however, in the overall budget they don't make much difference. Where do you come up with $3 million in savings?

queenjhb

Gardenman-great points, good ideas. Hey, I hope they lay off the OVH residents, that was shameful.....If my dad was in there and they trotted him out to vote, there would be heck to pay. .Respect the VETS..

queenjhb

15th green- What? $90,819.85..... Band Director?...........Its time to [think of the kids] take a pay cut, c'mon , think of it as a donation , you can do it. We thank you for this donation.

Informed

That's for a full-time job plus three part-time jobs.

citizen

BUT, it's FOR THE KIDS!!! He can work a couple extra hours a week, right?

All the tax increase supporters asked the entire community to do that... sacrifice for the kids!

VOTENO

All teachers, coaches, and staff should take a pay cut. Cut pizza out one night a month. Do without that 6 pack for a week. Cut the number of cigarettes you smoke. It's for the kids. Come on Perkins schools employees. Let's do it for the kids.

Good 2 B Me

Sounding a lot like what they are telling the rest of us to do huh!

VOTENO

It's for the kids!

Good 2 B Me

Support our Students! - Meadowlawn Message Board

VOTENO

Just one less bottle of wine per week. Come on Perkins Schools employees! You can do it! Quit being so selfish! It's for the kids!

VOTENO

Switch from Starbucks over to Folgers! Come on Perkins Schools employees! It's for the kids! We don't want Gunner to dismantle our district! Do it for the kids!

VOTENO

Did Gunner move here yet?

Good 2 B Me

I am going to have to stay the course and VOTE NO!

The Pay for Play money being due the Day after the levy vote? You really must think that we are stupid. Oh wait, youDO THINK THAT WE ARE STUPID! Please. Time for Change! Vote out BOE and then go after Gunner! I might consider voting yes if they could get their S__T together...and get rid of BOE/Gunner!

VOTENO

Voting NO until board is replaced (not Bennett) and Gunner is fired or resigns.

Vote NO in NOvember!

Kenith

Then you should run for School Board in November. It’s very easy to log on to a newspaper website and speak your mind. It’s a lot harder to stand up and do something about it.

Fromthe419

I own a local business, I am willing to take the AD job for free, I posted earlier the high school I went to the AD was a shop teacher and the job AD was supplemental income. I'll do it for free (if you want to give me insurance..I'll take it). If memory serves me correctly, he got about 10k for doing this job to supplement his income being a teacher. How in the world did we end up with full time AD's making 109k?

citizen

Register-

Can we get a final, confirmed listing of the names and positions of teachers that were actually eliminated due to the failed building levy?

Can we also get an analysis as to how the district has been "dismantled" to date... as Gunner was recorded on this very website stating numerous times that was sure to happen if the Aug levy failed.

Fromthe419

Want to eliminate pay to play, put sponsorship on the jerseys, I am sure there are a few local businesses that wouldn't mind having their brand put out there on the jerseys. Let them write it off and the advertising would be priceless. If I was going to buy a car and had a student playing for Perkins and saw a Kasper or what ever name on the jersey, I would go there first knowing they were helping my child play football, basketball etc.

fifteenthgreen

Great suggestion! Probably wouldn't fly advertising on the jerseys/uniforms but maybe getting businesses to sponsor sports, music, clubs etc... would work as long as it was distributed equally. Also, I agree I would strongly support those that would openly do this!

sash

The OHSSA prohibits advertising or promotional insignia on student uniforms.

EZOB

They could have saved another 13,000 by not putting this on the November ballot. This levy will be defeated by a huge margin this time. They keep digging us in deeper and deeper and like the National scene it is going to take awhile before any elected BOE members recieve our trust again.

The New World Czar

The article failed to mention that the due date for the pay-to-play fees is one day after the next levy vote.

Not like anything isn't being held over on anyone this time around...

sash

The balance is due Nov.6, but the first payment of $180 is due by August 30.

citizen

The "balance due"???

Over 75% of the fee for the fall season is due AFTER the fall season.

fifteenthgreen

And after the levy vote!

stepham2009

Perkins Schools Administrators should be ASHAMED of themselves!!! They are LITERALLY holding students HOSTAGE over not getting what they wanted with the levy that just failed...who can actually AFFORD $730 PER SPORT PER CHILD?!?!?!? What if there are more than 1 child that plays sports in a family? You are essentially FORCING parents to CHOOSE which child they allow to play sports!!! This is GREED at it MOST DISGUSTING level!! Why is the AD making OVER $109000 per year? And I agree why does he NEED a secretary??? Sounds just like it is...Positions for "buddies" so they can make an EASY living off the backs of the parents and students in the Perkins School district.....I have a dear friend whose children attend Perkins and she is DEVASTATED over these fees because her family just cannot AFFORD to pay such high prices.....Does the Perkins school board and superintendent REALIZE that some of these kids in sports are DEPENDING on their talent to get scholarships to go to college?? What are they to do now???? SHAME SHAME SHAME on you Perkins for using SCARE tactics to try and FORCE a YES vote in November....I fear your little stunt here is going to BACKFIRE on you TERRIBLY as you will LOSE all of your STAR players to other school districts as well as a good number of your students....It is already happening and you REFUSE to back down and make it affordable for these kids to play because all you see is dollar signs....What will you do when your ENTIRE sports department CRUMBLES because you have NO PARTICIPANTS??? What good will that new stadium be then?????? The ONLY thing you have accomplished by doing this is making the residents in Perkins even MORE angry and MORE against the next levy in November. You have already nailed the nail in the coffin for a future school levy to fail and it is nobody's fault but the school administrations!!!!

fifteenthgreen

Perkins could learn from Medina amongst others! Despite Medina school levy defeat, Board cuts in half pay-to-play fees

http://www.cleveland.com/medina/...

“These activities play a very important role in the overall educational experience that students receive in the Medina City Schools,” said Superintendent Randy Stepp.

Stepp said, “The Medina City School District has as one of its core beliefs the need to provide an array of opportunities for all students both inside and outside of the school day. Due to the difficult economic times that we have recently experienced, the District found itself deciding between competing and conflicting values.

"Our need to be cost effective took priority over our need to provide students with reasonable access to extracurricular opportunities. As a result, the District implemented a pay-to-participate fee that helped the district financially, but hurt students by making it difficult and burdensome for many to participate in a number of activities. We strive to be fiscally responsible and feel that we are with this new fee schedule.

"We project that this fee schedule will meet our budgetary needs due to increased student participation in the various activities. Again, we believe that these developmental experiences are invaluable and should be made available in a fair and reasonable manner to all students.”

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