High School Athletic Fees

  • School District 49 is adopting a new strategy for athletic fees for the school year 2019 – 2020. In a team effort between the D49 Business Office, Education Office, and the district’s Athletic Directors, we took a close look at how we inform our families of the overall costs to participate in a D49-sponsored sport. Traditionally, the overall cost of a sports season included the published baseline fee, plus what was, in effect, some unpublished out-of-pocket costs that parents paid throughout the season. Based on discussions with our AD’s, the business and education offices, along with the results of a community survey, District 49 will combine the baseline fee with the projected former out-of-pocket (trailing cost) amounts, into a single, up-front, bundled price.


    There are many advantages to this model:


    • The intent consolidates costs into a single fee, with no trailing costs, while inviting parents to hold the district accountable to that promise.

    • There is an added convenience, as parents will not have to go back to their wallets periodically throughout the season to cover additional, unpublished expenses.

    • Families will have the option of paying over the course of the season to mimic the timing benefits of the previous ‘baseline plus trailing cost’ model.

    • District 49 will set a maximum cap on athletics fees per school year of $450 for an individual athlete, or $750 for a family with multiple athletes. **Cap does not apply to cheer teams**

    • Coaches and AD’s can still approve team-wide fundraisers to work toward larger team goals, supplement the baseline budget or request additional funding from the school/program booster club, but fundraising to pay for individual participation will not occur.

    • Bundling athletic fees, to include both the baseline and out-of-pocket costs, will better aid families who qualify for financial assistance by allowing the district to waive or reduce the full bundled cost, rather than just the baseline fee as was the prior practice.

     

    We invite you to review a comparison of the prior baseline fee with the 2018-19 school year fee based on the new bundled model. Although some fees appear to increase substantially we believe the single, bundled version does not present any real overall increase in yearly cost to the student and parents.  As part of this effort, we ask parents and athletes to help us stay consistent with our intention of no costs beyond these bundled amounts.

    Sport

    2019/20 Baseline Fee

    2019/20 Bundled Fee

    Baseball

    Basketball

    $130

    $130

    $200

    $200

    Football

    Softball

    Wrestling

    $130

    $130

    $130

    $200

    $200

    $200

    Golf

    Soccer

    $130

    $130

    $200

    $175

    Volleyball

    Cross Country

    Tennis

    $130

    $110

    $110

    $200

    $150

    $150

    Track

    $110

    $150

  • VRHS Cheer Team

    2017/18 Baseline Fee

    2018/19 Bundled Fee

    1st Year Varsity Cheer

    Returning Varsity Cheer

    1st Year JV Cheer

    Boys Cheer

    1st Year Co-Ed Cheer

    Returning Co-Ed Cheer

    $110

    $110

    $110

    $110

    $110

    $110

    $1,300

    $950

    $550

    $375

    $2,000

    $1,400

    **NOTE: Our schools with cheer teams determined their own fees for cheer participation in SY 18/19.  

    Thank you for reviewing the adjusted model D49 will use for athletic participation fees. Please feel free to contact your athletic director with questions.