Skip to main content

Time to jack up activities fees

04/02/2014 10:58AM, Published by ACL, Categories: In Print



By Uncle Irvin


Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is going to raise activities fees, and well they should.

Unlike college sports, where men's football and basketball may make money, no high school sport or band pays for itself,  The district's activity fees now cover about 15 percent of the cost of these activities.

All school districts should re-evaluate their activity fees as they prepare for the 2014-2015 school year. It would be eminently fair to taxpayers who have no children in school, as well as families whose children don't participate in activities, to raise fees to cover 50 percent of the costs. Families who are unable to afford the fee could get some sort of aid.

School board members have a responsibility to taxpayers, as well as students, and are only required to provide a free education. Public schools are not obligated to pay for any activity, and activity fees are voluntary.

Activity fees are a simple way to help balance the budget without relying only on property taxes.


Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Chester County's free newsletter to catch every headline



uncle irv unionville-chadds ford school district


You might also like

Oxford Police are dumbstruck

Uncle Irv for the week of August 20, 2014.

U-CF School Board caps meeting with an icy challenge

John Sanville accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by donating $100 to ALS research and dumping a cooler of icy water over his head.

After-school bus will be offered in Unionville-Chadds Ford

The after-school activities bus service is designated for students in the middle and high schools.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • The Heart of Poverty

    03/07/2015
    08:15am — 12:30pm

    What is poverty? What does it look like in the U.S.? In Chester County? Join us for this free sem...


  • Brandywine Zoo Spring Opening!

    03/07/2015
    10:00am — 03:45pm

    Visit the zoo as the environment is getting ready to burst to life for the spring season! Join u...


  • Bug

    03/08/2015
    03:00pm

    Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorce...


  • Newark Symphony Orchestra Concert

    03/08/2015
    03:00pm — 05:00pm

    THE NEWARK SYMPHONY PRESENTS “STURM AND DELIGHT!” Simeone Tartaglione, Music Director James Al...


  • Share in this fun concert designed for the whole family, providing a unique opportunity to get up...


  • Cheerleading Open House!

    03/08/2015
    03:00pm — 06:00pm

    Hydro Force is an All Star cheer company offering a fresh, competitive cheerleading experience ...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Bug

    03/12/2015
    07:30pm

    Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, the play centers on the meeting between Agnes, a divorce...


  • Introduction to Canine and Feline Dental Health

    03/12/2015
    07:00pm — 08:30pm

    Join us to learn how Integrative/Holistic care can help your pets have a longer and better qua...


  • SPAGHETTI DINNER BUFFET

    03/14/2015
    04:00pm — 07:00pm

    The Oxford Lion's Club is focused on serving the community and support many local organizations. ...


 

Chester County High School Sports