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WAPS to study activities costs (02/06/2013)
By Emily Buss

On Thursday the Winona Area Public School (WAPS) Board is expected to discuss a financial overview of athletic activities for the fiscal year, an expense of nearly $550,000 yearly.

Once students in the WAPS district reach seventh grade, they are allowed to enroll in competitive sports. There are 26 sports offered at the high school level, many of which are open to seventh and eighth graders. An additional nine sports are offered strictly as middle school programs.

Another 30 arts, music, and student interest group activities are also offered at the high school level.

Football, baseball, and boys basketball at the high school cost the most money to support, more than $126,000 this school year. While at the middle school, football and girls basketball and volleyball cost more than $31,000 this year.

WAPS School Finance Officer Dan Pyan said activity fees, gate fees and student fundraising help support district athletics, with the rest of the revenue coming from the district’s general fund.

“Coaches' salaries, transportation, and equipment are all included in the cost of the sport,” Pyan said. He added that uniforms are paid for on a rotational schedule through the operating capital fund.

The district is paying coaches based on a contractual unit base, at a base pay rate of $50 per unit.

“Each sport is assigned a unit number, which is determined by the amount of time the coach puts into the sport or how big the sport is,” Pyan said.

For example, if a sport is assigned 90 units, at $50 per unit, the coach receives a salary of $4,500. However, Pyan said salaries vary because not all sports have the same number of units.

Budget reductions

The WAPS board will once again consider the recommended $500,000 in proposed budget cuts Thursday, as members prepare to vote on a plan that would overhaul district spending.

Superintendent Scott Hannon first presented the proposal to board members last month, which includes an option to increase class size targets by two at the top of the list of recommendations. Hannon said the proposed shift in classroom sizes could potentially save the district $110,000 per year.

A $50,000 reduction in the amount allocated to textbooks and a $40,000 collective reduction from clerical departments at both the middle school and high school were also proposed.

According to recent budget projections, the district must also cut $750,000 for 2014-2015, and $450,000 for 2015-216.

The board is expected to approve the budget reductions at its February 21 meeting.

For the full list of proposed budget cuts, see the weekend edition of the Winona Post, or visit our website. http://www.winonapost.com 


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