Nevada Union shelves new transportation charges
Nevada Union’s new transportation fee for athletics has been sent on a return trip.
An initial inquiry by teachers at Nevada Union High School has led to the removal of the mandatory transportation fee implemented this summer for the current school year. In its place will be a return to the donation per sport that NU had used for years, with suggested contribution amounts jumping from $50 to $80. The return to a donation policy ensures that every child will be able to participate in sports at NU, regardless of family budgets.
Originally, it was stipulated that athletes would be charged a transportation fee of $80 per athlete per sport, with an annual family fee of $320. According to Nevada Union athletic director Steve Pilcher, Bear River High School will still follow that district plan.
“So far we have had a good response by the parents because they understand what it costs to run athletics,” Pilcher said. “We had letters from parents who really felt that this is a close-knit community, and to impose a mandatory fee might be difficult for some. We didn’t want to make people feel guilty about the fee; we wouldn’t want that to stop a kid from playing.”
After the district mandated this summer that schools would impose a transportation fee on athletes to help defray the escalating cost of athletics, coaches at NU approached athletic director Steve Pilcher about the mandatory program, set to be used this fall.
According to Pilcher, coaches were concerned about the equity of charging a flat fee regardless of sport. He said they unanimously suggested the program try to stick to its usual donation program, which worked well in the past.
The donation program will be used as a pilot this year by NU, with the hope that the generosity of the parents whose children play sports at NU will be enough to cover the cost of transportation as well as many auxiliary fees connected to sports, such as uniforms, equipment, food and entry fees for events.
Parents who have already paid the transportation fee for their children to play in a fall sport will not be asked to donate again.
Pilcher said the return to a donation policy puts the onus to meet budgetary needs directly on the coaches and the parents of the athletes, program by program.
“We have faith the community will come through as they always have with donations,” Pilcher said.
“If they don’t, then we’ll have to look at going back to the mandatory fee or some alternative.”
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