Coupeville school fees increase

Coupeville school athletes and activity enthusiasts have been given a reason to join in the budget blues.

In the 2011-2012 Coupeville school year, athletic activities will receive $54,000 less from the school district. Superintendent Patty Page said the cut will be made to transportation and coach in-services funding.

“These costs won’t go away,” Page said, “so (teams) will be doing fundraising and other things to make that up.”

As a result of the cut, athletic and activity fees at all three schools will increase next year to support the programs. Increases will span between $10 and $25. Additionally, the cost of an ASB card will jump up $5 at the high school and $10 at the middle school.

Page did propose a cheaper fee schedule for students who qualify for the free-and-reduced lunch program, but the decreased fees still range from $25 to $60.

Scholarships are available for students who cannot afford to pay the reduced rates, but High School Principal Sheldon Rosenkrance said he fears the schools will soon run out of scholarship funding. He said as fees increase, more and more students are needing assistance and in this economy, fewer organizations are wanting to donate.

Board member Kathleen Anderson suggested at the board meeting that district officials start planning to approach nonprofits and other community organizations for more scholarship help.

“Maybe we need to get some of our civic groups together and let them know the situation of our kids,” she said, “tap some people we haven’t before.”

The board members also voted to increase lunch prices next year by 25 cents at each of the schools. Page said this is the first year that the school lunch program had not run in the black and she estimated a loss of about $8,000 which was mostly due to Coupeville’s significant enrollment drop.

“When you have less kids, you don’t sell as many lunches,” Page said.

Page said the new lunch prices probably won’t allow the district to break even next year, but she said the district will be better equipped to handle the loss.


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