Lakota junior high and high school students, who participated in a sport, band, or color guard this past fall, will be receiving a monetary credit to apply to any future Lakota school fee.
The credit follows the Lakota school board’s decision earlier this school year to lower such fees and the annual family cap. Rather than waiting until next school year, the district expedited the reduction for a more immediate benefit to students participating in winter and spring activities. The leading intent was to encourage increased participation in extra-curricular activities.
Since then, the district had time to analyze the financial impact of extending the fee reduction to students who participated in fall activities, too.
“The time lapse also helped us to work through the complexities of issuing credits in a fair manner to families where such variables as scholarships, the new family cap, and even multiple sports impacted the amount of their refund,” said Lakota Treasurer Jenni Logan.
The credit – amounting to $150 per sport for junior high students and $200 per activity for high school students – will show up as a credit in any eligible student’s EZ Pay account by the end of March. The credit can be applied to any school-assessed fee.
Seniors who will graduate in May 2017 and do not use the issued credit will be the only group to receive a refund.
To potentially expand the footprint of the reduction and promote increased participation in all activities for more students, the board continues to review and consider potential changes to the fee structure for other student opportunities, too.