Rainier School Board Sends Letter to State Supporting Greater Local Power | Education
Since the start of the pandemic, at least 1 in 24 residents have been infected, for a total of 2,192 reported cases.
Board chair Elaine Placido asked what the district would do if the state made distance education compulsory.
Hattrick said it was a “scary thought” and he just hoped it didn’t get to it.
“When I see articles that other states have moved in this direction, I get nervous,” he said. “We must continue to defend our communities; we will continue to call lawmakers and seek an audience with the governor. “
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The council also voted in favor of reducing sports fees.
Over the past four years, fees have fluctuated. Hattrick said last year that the board approved a fee of $ 100 per sport for middle school students and $ 150 per sport for high school students. However, all fees were waived last year due to the pandemic.
From 2016 to 2019, the fees were $ 50 per sport for middle school students and $ 100 per sport for high school students. On average, sports fees brought in $ 33,700, while the average cost of sports programs is around $ 164,000. Hattrick said the board transferred $ 125,500 from the general fund each year on average to cover the difference.
Hattrick presented the board with several options: keep the fees approved last year; eliminate all fees; use the old fee structure with a cap of $ 500 per family; or adopt a modified price list with the first sport in high school at $ 100 and the additional sports at $ 50 each and for the first sport in college at $ 50 and the additional sports at $ 25.