The Lakota Board of Education approved fees of $350 for junior high athletes – up from $200 this year – and $550 for high school students – up from $300 this year during tonight’s school board meeting, according to Cincinnati.com.
“We’ve talked about this for some time … to keep some semblance of our high school sports program,” Lakota interim superintendent Ron Spurlock. “We’re still not going to use general fund dollars for junior high sports. But by requiring minimum participation levels at the junior-high level we can be assured upfront the athletic program will be self-supporting.”
In March, the school board, Lakota parents, Spurlock and the Greater Miami Conference worked together to save junior high athletics, which was slated to be eliminated in the planned reduction package for the 2011-2012 school year.
The school board decided to table its $12.17 reduction package, which was presented to community in late February, at its March 28th meeting.
At that same meeting, Spurlock and the board decided to contact the GMC and make Lakota junior high athletic programs completely self sufficient.
The GMC will include the Lakota junior schools in the schedule. However, since the fees have been increased, the junior schools may not be able fill up every roster and may end up short on teams. If that happens, it will create a void in other GMC schools’ schedules.
“It is not a good situation,” Spurlock said. “It is really not fair to officials that have been contracted and it is not fair to the other schools that were counting on us to play and all of sudden have their 14-game season turn into a 13, 12 or 11-game season.
“They (other schools) understand the difficult situation we are in and I think a lot of the other districts in the GMC are feeling these same kind of pains.”
For more on the board’s decision visit Cincinnati.com’s story titled, “Lakota increases fees for sports, other activities.”