Athletics / Activities / Participation Fees
How will the removal of the Ninth Grade Football Team yield a budget savings?
The District’s General Fund Budget routinely included funding for a ninth-grade football team. There has not been enough student participation to field a team for two of the last three school years. The budgeted costs associated with coaches, transportation, and supplies are removed from the 2018-2019 budget. Ninth-grade football players will be rostered on the JV team.
Why are students charged Athletic and Activity Participation Fees?
Fees for after-school activities and athletics are used to offset the rising costs of these extracurricular programs. Costs associated with these school-sponsored programs are paid from the General Fund budget and are outside of the educational costs per student. These expenses include transportation, coaches/sponsor stipends, uniforms, equipment/supplies, entry/registration fees, facility maintenance, athletic trainers, and insurance.
The fees only apply to those who participate in the activity/sport and allow the District to recuperate a share of the related expenses. The fees help to maintain and expand extracurricular programming based on student interest. As a point of general reference, the District spends on average $1,100 per student per activity/sport. The 2018-2019 budget for activities and athletics is $1.293 million.
Will the parking fee at Mars Area High School be affected by the 2018-2019 budget?
No, the cost of the pass will remain at $175 ($87.50 semester) for the 2018-2019 school year. Driving to school is a privilege extended to Mars Area High School seniors and juniors who are required to obtain a parking pass to reserve a parking spot. Demand for parking spots often exceeds parking lot capacity.
The District is required to provide a school bus seat for every student, regardless if that seat is occupied. Student parking fees are used to offset costs associated with transporting the entire student population, including any required but unused capacity. Students who choose to drive to school continue to have a seat on a school bus that will provide them daily transportation to and from school. While the District realizes that students may have personal reasons to drive to school, all students are encouraged to utilize the transportation provided by the District.