Faced with falling state funding and failed local tax levies, many Ohio school districts have turned to asking students who want to play sports or participate in other extracurricular activities to bear part of the cost. It’s called pay-to-play.
About half of Ohio school districts had some type of play-to-play fee in place last school year, the Ohio High School Athletic Association says.
Now the Dayton Daily News reports many Southwest Ohio school districts expect to double or even triple those fees next school year. The average increase for the districts they looked at was more than 100 percent.
At Huber Heights City Schools, high school and middle school students are seeing their fees increase from $125 per sport for 2010-11, to $175 in 2011-12, to $225 for next school year. There also will be a family cap of $550.
“Our revenue has fallen back to what it was in 2006, and costs increase every year,” Kirby said. “That’s why we’re having to do these drastic cuts, and increase these fees.”