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ASD Leadership Proposes 10 Percent Rise in Activity Fees

Published On: Apr 10 2014 05:44:19 PM AKDT   Updated On: Apr 10 2014 06:03:24 PM AKDT
ASD Leadership Proposes 10 Percent Rise in Activity Fees

Activity fees for Anchorage School District students could rise by roughly 10 percent next school year, under a proposal from district leaders unveiled Thursday afternoon.

In a statement, ASD spokesperson Heidi Embley says a per-family fee cap of $390 won’t be changed.

“For middle school students, the activity and athletics fee would increase by $10 per sport,” Embley wrote. “In high school, the fee would increase $20 per tier.”

Under the plan, middle school students would pay an additional $10 on top of the existing $100 fee. In high school, the $20 increase would be tacked on to ASD's existing activity fees, which range from $175 for activities like cheerleading and debate to $195 for hockey and gymnastics.

ASD has been facing a $23 million budget shortfall, with a proposed $566 million budget released in January slated to cut 159 classroom positions. The district currently spends about $7 million on activities with about $2 million covered by fees, representing 1.2 percent of ASD’s overall budget.

“During the public budget process, the district stated that there would be an increase in student activity fees to try to keep up with inflation and help recoup some costs of the activities,” Embley wrote. “This is the first proposed student fee increase since the 2011-12 school year.”

Public testimony on the proposal will be heard April 21 by the Anchorage School Board, which will vote on the proposal during its meeting that day.