By KAROLYN GEPHART
Parents in Friendswood ISD will continue to pay participation fees for UIL sports and speech/debate activities in the district for the 2017-2018 school year. The fees were approved at the May 8 meeting of the School Board.
The fees to participate are used as revenue in the general fund by the district to offset costs of expenditures by the sports and activities. This would include stipends, referees, judges, travel, entry fees, equipment, and materials.
The sports and activities begin at the junior high level and continue through high school.
Fee amounts are split into two tiers.
At Friendswood Junior High, Tier I is $75 for participation in football, basketball, tennis, track, volleyball, band and soccer. Tier II is $50 for cross country. Maximum charge per student in $75.
At Friendswood High School, Tier I is $175 for band, baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, speech/debate, swimming, tennis, track or volleyball.
Tier II is $100 for drill team, cross country, wrestling, and varsity cheerleading. Maximum charge is $150 per student.
The maximum fees charged per family is $300.
In the 2016-17 fiscal year, the District collected approximately $192,000 in participation fees. The new fee schedule has no changes in it from the prior year.