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Band Fees

Aug 7, 1998
Dear Boosters,

Here is another new fee our district board of trustees is considering.
They want to collect a "participation fee" for students who participate
in any "extra-curricular" activity.

This would be a fee that goes into district general operations, not into
the school departmental funds like band, choir, athletics, math, etc.

I don't like this one either. For one thing, I don't see what the district
is providing in return for the fee; even if something is being provided,
why should students pay for it?  Parents already pay school taxes for public
education. This feels like we are paying for it twice.

What do you all think?

Bill Tandy in Austin, TX
Westwood Area Band Boosters
tandy@wstandy.com

Aug 7, 1998
Come to Indiana.  We pay book rental fees (about $100 to $130/yr.
depending on grade or classes).  There are departmental fees on top of
book rental.  Lab fees for science, shop classes, etc.  Band fees at our
school run about $300/year (including band camp).  A little more for
freshmen because of buying shoes, gloves, etc.  Guard members pay even
more to buy their own practice rifle, winter guard shoes, etc.  Sounds
like you guys are getting off cheap to me.  When we used the gym to
sponsor winter guard state finals, the athletic department got a certain
percentage right off the top from concessions, even though it was all
band parents there running it.  Also, for the instruments the school
does own and let the kids use there is a small $15 per semester rental
fee. While I was still making payments on my daughter's beginning
percussion kit, I also had to cough up this fee for the percussion
instruments which she uses at school.  None of which she ever brings
home.  Sounds like you guys have it pretty good.  But is it worth it?
Yes.  But I do know the high fees have kept some kids out of the band
and guard, although they do try to work around those situations where
the kids truly cannot afford it.

Adrienne Cory, guard mom
New Castle Chrysler High/Trojan Marching Band
New Castle, Indiana
and
Cincinnati Glory Drum and Bugle Corps 
acory@kiva.net 

Aug 7, 1998
Bill Tandy wrote:

> Dear Boosters,
>
> Here is another new fee our district board of trustees is considering.
> They want to collect a "participation fee" for students who participate
> in any "extra-curricular" activity.

No way!  Fight that.  Somehow I would bet that there would be a wavier for
football or other boys sports if the boosters fought it hard enough.

This would be a fee that goes into district general operations, not into the
school departmental funds like band, choir, athletics, math, etc.Bill,I wouldn't
be interested in ANY fees that go into the general fund.  Several years ago we
put a coke machine in the band hall, took care of getting the product and kept
all the profits.  Some time later the school took out our machine and put one of
their own in the BH, and now we share the profits of all the machines in the
school.  We made much more the old way!  No way do I like the general fund.

>
>
> I don't like this one either. For one thing, I don't see what the district
> is providing in return for the fee; even if something is being provided,
> why should students pay for it?  Parents already pay school taxes for public
> education. This feels like we are paying for it twice.

We do not charge an instrument or uniform fee but we are considering going to an
instrument fee.  The thinking of my staff is that kids (and parents of kids)
who use school owned instrument have no stake in keeping it in good condition
and tend to be rougher than a student who is being watched by parents who are
paying a stiff price for an instrument.  If we go to a fee, it will be $50 per
year payable for any instrument(s) the student plays.  I think that we will do
this at the beginning of the next school year.

>
>
> What do you all think?
>
> Bill Tandy in Austin, TX
> Westwood Area Band Boosters
> tandy@wstandy.com


  You make some good points.  I would be interested in seeing what everyone else
on the list thinks.

Best,
Dave Huff
Everman ISD
Fort Worth, TX
evermanband@ftw.com

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