BG Schools hosts forum on pay-to-play

After the last two school levies failed, Bowling Green City Schools is trying to balance its budget by proposing pay-to-participate for sports and other extra-curricular activities. On Tuesday, the community sounded off on the issue to the Board of Education.

The proposal currently asks families to pay a maximum of between $150 and $350 for their children to participate in activities.

â??You pay for each sport for each child, and up to an amount either per family or per child,â?? said Bowling Green City Schools Superintendent Ann McVey. The board said it would not vote on a final proposal until it considers the communityâ??s input from the forum.

Only several activities would be exempt from pay-to-play under the current proposal, including band, FFA, and other graded courses in the curriculum.

Duane Donaldsonâ??s son plays football, basketball, and baseball at Bowling Green High School, and faces the maximum pay-to-play price.

â??I donâ??t mind to pay-to-play as long as people have a voice in it,â?? said Donaldson. He urged the BOE, â??Explain your story very well so that we understand it, so that when we pay that bill we feel comfortable that youâ??re doing everything you can.â??

Others feel pay-to-participate is just a temporary fix, and that passing a levy would actually solve the budget problem.

â??Until weâ??re actually able to pass a levy we have to find ways to support all of our programs, and unfortunately this seems to be one of them,â?? said Jo Beth Gonzalez, Drama Director at BGHS.

McVey says the board hopes to make a decision on the proposal before the start of the fall sports season.