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FUSD Approves Increase In “Pay To Participate” Fees

By Elisha Dorfsmith

The Flagstaff Unified School District governing board voted unanimously to approve an increase in “pay to participate” fees for sports and athletic programs at their May 10th meeting. Individual students currently pay $75 and will now be asked to pay $125 per year. Families currently pay $130 and will now pay $180 per year.

There was a lot of discussion among board members who were concerned that some students would be discouraged from taking part in these programs if the fees were raised. Assistant superintendent Kuhn reminded the board that many students do not pay and are still allowed to participate. It was noted that scholarships are available to help students who cannot pay.

Superintendent Hickman asked for research showing exactly how many children are taking advantage of the programs at no cost. She explained that the money does not come from scholarships. The district subsidizes these students and is picking up the cost…the funding comes out of the M & O budget. Mr Kuhn said he would get that information to her.

The full May 10th agenda can be found HERE.

All action items were approved unanimously.

During the discussion of the FY2012 budget, Budget & Finance Director Ken Garland reiterated once again that property taxes will go up again in 2012, partly because our property values are still higher than the rest of the state. He estimated that a home valued at $200,000 will see an increase of about $86 for a total of $1,022 in district taxes.

For those who may have missed it, FUSD board president Paul Kulpinski has officially thrown his hat in the ring to run for Flagstaff Mayor. Not sure what he plans to bring to the table but that should be an interesting race to watch.

Stay tuned to the Flag Liberty Blog for full election coverage as the campaign season heats up.

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