When we last left Pay for K in November, the district hadn't been able to figure out what money had come in or even who was supposed to be paying. At a later Audit and Finance Committee meeting, it appeared more under control but the handout still didn't explain if they had fully implemented it and were receiving all the money due to the district.
On the heels of that comes another snafu, this time with Pay for Play which is for students who want to participate in competitive athletics in high school. (This is not for PE or intramural sports.)
The old fee was $50 for the first sport and $25 for the second sport (with a cap at $75 for 3+ sports). The Board approved raising the fee for this year. I believe that the new fee was $100 for the first sport and $30 for the second (again, with a cap at $130 for 3+). (Still checking on this because the new website has old data and no one answers at the School Board office but it was raised.) All students also have to pay an ASB fee of $50. I don't believe that there is a F/RL fee but I know most schools have a scholarship fund for that purpose.
At the Audit and Finance Committee meeting last Thursday (this one focusing on Finance), it came out that a Board-approved increase for Pay for Play never got implemented. Money that the district had been expecting to come in because of the increase, of course, didn't. And, they did not tell the Board until now even though they knew sooner (it's unclear if they knew at the beginning of the year or just figured it out). Duggan Harmon was the one to give them the bad news.
Sadly, it is hard to blame anyone because the two people who should have done the implementation, Al Hairston and Ammon McWashington, the Athletic Coordinator and (I believe) the inter-district Sports Coordinator respectively, both retired last year. That this was passed by the Board and yet didn't seem to be on Accounting's radar makes you wonder what happens to issues of finance that get passed by the Board. Is there a chain of where a finance item goes after it passes? Is Accounting notified or is that the duty of whatever department manager the item fall under?
Apparently, Sherry Carr had steam coming out her ears. I think she was very upset this kind of error had happened again. She asked Michael De Bell if he knew anything about it and he said no. Michael told Duggan that he wanted a "lessons learned" report about his incident. I don't know what the financial loss is to the district or whether the athletic budget had been based around the fee increases.
When I heard about this, my response was that I hoped this was the end of the long but fading smoke trail of "things we don't tell the Board." It is deeply troubling but again, I hope for a new day in SPS and I believe that Mr. Boesche and Dr. Enfield are going to have to be the ones to show staff that is the case.