Plan to charge athletes for bus rides tabled again
The Greencastle School Board held off again Wednesday night in deciding whether to charge student athletes for bus rides taken to sporting events.
Corporation officials supporting the idea hope it will help them cover expenses related to buses being used to take sports teams to and from games during the school year -- mainly gasoline.
Supt. Bob Green told the school board that the corporation is paying double what it did a year for fuel. Normally, he said, the school pays between $85,000 and 90,000 for fuel during the year.
This year, the corporation is projected to spend between $180,000 and 190,000 for fuel.
All this adds up to the corporation having to borrow $3.5 million to date to float the general fund as property tax revenues are being delayed yet again.
Green told the school board Wednesday night that he anticipates having to borrow an additional $1.5 million.
Meanwhile, the board is considering implementing a fee of $25 to $35 for all students who participate in sports activities to help cover fuel and related costs.
Athletic Director Scott Knapp was asked to come up with some numbers for the board and presented them with the idea of a flat fee for athletes.
He said the average bus trip to a sporting event costs the corporation $90, which includes fuel and the bus driver's pay. There were 245 such trips made during the last school year, he said.
Board members, on Wednesday, tossed out the idea that the flat fee may not be the best way to charge students. They suggested charging students on a "per trip" basis, meaning each student would pay based on the number of events they attended.
Board members made the suggestion because they said it wouldn't be fair to charge each student the same since each sport requires different numbers of games.
An example they gave was a football player traveling to just five games in the season, while a basketball player traveled to 15 games.
In the end, board members requested that Knapp go back and develop figures for the "per trip" in addition to the flat fee.
They plan to discuss it at their August meeting