Frisco ISD will spend the 2019-20 school year reviewing student fees collected at the District and campus levels, including those collected for both extracurricular activities and academic coursework. During the one-year evaluation period, the athletics operational fee will be suspended for high school and middle school students.
The purpose of the review is to evaluate fees charged at both the District and campus level to ensure appropriateness for each program and consistency across campuses. The District will also evaluate each fee to determine the feasibility of eliminating, reducing or increasing the fee based on funds available and the costs associated with each course or activity.
This past school year, the Long-Range Planning Budget Subcommittee recommended the District re-evaluate all student fees based on the outcome of school finance legislation. Suspending the fee in the 2019-20 school year will result in a $1.7 million negative impact to the budget.
The athletics fee was originally implemented in the 2017-18 school year. During the 2016-17 school year, a committee of District stakeholders, including community members and FISD faculty and staff, met with District leaders and recommended the athletics fee as a means of offsetting some of the costs associated with athletic programs, including security, transportation, game officials and laundry.
The fee was $100 for a middle school student and $200 for a high school student, regardless of the number of sports in which a student participated. The fee will be suspended for the 2019-20 school year but could return for 2020-21 after the District reviews all current fees for academics and extracurricular activities.
"After listening to our community stakeholders, we have made the recommendation to study all fees collected by our campuses," said Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Smith. "Suspending the athletics fee will ease some of the burden for now, and the study will allow us to ensure any fee collected in the future is meaningful, reasonable and aligned with the goals and priorities of the program."