Lake Washington schools adjust student fee structure

July 13, 2014

By Ari Cetron

New: July 13, 10:17 a.m.

The Lake Washington School Board voted unanimously June 23 to raise the district’s ASB fees while reducing athletic participation fees.
The changes occurred with two separate votes. Board President Jackie Pendergrass was absent.
Superintendent Traci Pierce said the district last changed its ASB fee schedule in the 2006-07 school year. The programs the fees pay for, such as after-school clubs, have grown more expensive and are necessitating the changes, Pierce said.
Fees for middle-school students will go up from $20 to $25, while high-school fees will rise from $40 to $50. Students at choice schools, such as Tesla STEM and International Community School, will see their fees go from $25 to $30. Those schools do not have in-house sports programs, which helps keep their fees lower.
The athletic fee reduction is in response to growing revenue. Pierce said the district had raised fees in 2009-10 in response to state budget cuts.
At the time, a parent survey said the community would rather see athletic fees increased in order to reduce impacts on the classroom. Now that state funding is recovering, the district can afford to reduce the fees once again, Pierce said.
The fee for an individual student playing a single sport will go from $105 to $75 at the middle-school level. The individual cap will go from $210 to $150, and the family cap will go from $315 to $225.
For high-school students, the individual single-sport fee will go from $275 to $200. The individual cap will go from $550 to $400, and the family cap from $1,000 to $725.
The district expects the change to cost $330,000 next year.
Pierce said the district will maintain its policy of allowing students from lower-income families to apply for waivers.

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