Wednesday, August 17, 2005

School board adjusts fees for activity pass


By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer

Blaine County School District board of trustees voted Tuesday, Aug. 9, to raise prices for the Wood River High School activity passes. The vote actually lowered the rate hike approved in June for the adult activity pass. The passes provide unlimited attendance to the high school's sports activities.

As part of the 2005-2006 budget, the board voted to increase the charge for Wood River High School's adult activity pass from $45 to $100.

At last week's meeting, Rick Rutkowski, a representative for parents of athletes, objected to the rate increase on the adult activity pass.

The comments, coupled with a perceived need to address prices of the couple's and student activity passes, prompted the district to re-evaluate the high school's activity pass price structure.

In reference to the board's approval of a $100 adult pass, Vice Chairman Kim Nilsen said, "That's a big jump to swallow."

According to an interview with Principal Graham Hume in June, the change in high school athletic conferences, increased program costs and a decrease in the number of corporate sponsors prompted the school to request the fee schedule adjustment.

To accommodate the request, Trustee Julie Dahlgren made a motion—approved unanimously by the board—to set a $75 price tag for the single adult pass. The vote also increased the student activity pass price from $20 to $35 and the couple's pass from $75 to $100.

The discussion prompted Nilsen to suggest the district consider a family pass for households with multiple students. No action was taken on Nilsen's suggestion.




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