Fairborn City Schools are delaying setting pay-to-participate fees for the 2013-14 school year until the state budget is approved later this month.
The school board decided last week to postpone setting the pay-to-participate fees until the July 11 board meeting.
The proposal discussed by the district during the past few months has been to increase pay-to-play fees for middle school/high school sports to $500 per student, per sport, with no family cap, as well as increase band to $200.
“We think it’s wiser to do it when we know what we’re going to get from the state,” school board president Tess Little said. “We’ve already made massive cuts in other places, so it’s a possibility we wouldn’t have to go all the way to $500.”
For the 2012-13 school year, the high school pay-to-participate fee was $150 per sport, with a $300 individual cap and $450 family cap. The middle school fee was $100 per sport, with a $200 individual cap and $300 family cap.
It costs between $550,000 and $600,000 annually to operate extracurricular activities. The $500 would help “offset the cost to operate that program” but not cover the entire cost, treasurer Eric Beavers previously said.
Beavers said the district could receive anywhere from an additional $400,000 to $1.6 million annually from the state. About 42 to 43 percent of Fairborn’s budget is from state funding, and the district is projected to receive nearly $16.85 million for the 2012-13 school year, Beavers said.
“We’ve got to sit and wait and be patient about it,” Superintendent Dave Scarberry said. “We want to make the (pay-to-participate fees) decision one time, and make it the right one for the kids.”
In May, an 11.7-mill emergency levy was rejected by a 2-to-1 margin. Voters should expect to see another levy on the November ballot, although the millage has not been set.
The Ohio Department of Education placed Fairborn in fiscal caution Jan. 14.