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Board of Education Still Deliberating Over 'Pay-to-Play"

The last item on the table for the St. Joseph School District Board of Education is whether or not to charge middle and high school students for extracurricular activities.

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 3:02 PM
Updated: Mar 14, 2018 3:08 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District Board of Education has done most of the work in finding $8 million dollars worth of cuts to the school budget next year but one last attempt to raise money is still in the works it's not a question of if kids will pay a fee for an extracurricular activity anymore.

Now, it's how much the kids in both middle and high school will be paying to participate in school activities. While the board is deliberating over the cash amount kids will need to cough up, a current school board member believes they're looking for extra money in the wrong place.

"Extracurricular activities are an alternative to drugs and crime," Board member Dennis Snethen said. "Charging kids is a poor budget balancer; 85% of our budget is salary and staff so if you're going to do cuts that's probably where it should be first before the kids get cut."

Snethen says this new fee would cause more of a headache for teachers and staff than the relatively small amount of money would fix.

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