BUCKSPORT — Some of life’s greatest moments come on a sports field or school stage, but extracurricular activities have a price, which is going up along with everything else.
An ad hoc committee of Regional School Unit 25 (RSU 25) has been charged with researching activity fees, ticket prices and participation in school activities from chorus to wrestling.
RSU 25 Superintendent Jim Boothby said he doesn’t think the board wants to eliminate any activities but does want to determine opportunities for saving money or generating revenue.
To that end, the RSU 25 Board has charged the committee with examining what programs the district is offering as well analyzing cost and participation.
The committee also will look at what’s offered at other schools in the state and around the country.
During a meeting Monday at the RSU 25 office, the committee touched on all the aforementioned issues, including possible new sources of revenue.
Bucksport High School Principal Dan Clifford reported on activity fees for other Maine school districts, which vary widely.
Clifford said Brewer High School charges $25 per athlete per season with a $100 cap per family. If the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, the fee is waived.
John Bapst High School in Bangor charges an annual one-time co-curricular fee of $285.
Scarborough High School charges an athletic fee of $200 per student.
Hermon High School is looking at starting a fee, Clifford said.
The Regional School Unit 25 Board in Ellsworth implemented an activity fee last year but dropped it this year because the fee cost more to implement than it made.
RSU 25 Board member Peter Stewart said Bucksport had a fee years ago and it was a “fiasco.” The fee was $5 and then it was raised to $25.
“It was a collection nightmare for whoever was trying to collect it,” Stewart said.