Thursday, March 18, 2004

Franklin wants community groups to save activities

School board seeks plan to raise money for next year after failure of levy

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer contributor

FRANKLIN - After-school sports, clubs and theater may get a reprieve in the Franklin Schools - if the money can be raised.

This week, the Franklin Board of Education said it would reconsider eliminating after-school activities provided that two new community groups - one for athletics, one for academics - come up with a plan that combines fees and fund raising.

All activities will cease at the end of the school year following voter defeat of a March 2 levy that would have provided $2.3 million annually for day-to-day operations.

The cost to run athletics is $403,578 annually, or $543.91 per athlete, based on 742 students participating, according to a spreadsheet provided by the treasurer's office.

Non-athletic costs are $37,429or $19.08 per student, based on participation of 1,962 students.

The board agreed to set aside $40,000 from its Pepsi contract for afterschool activities.

The groups have until July 1 to come up with funds and/or a fee schedule, said Bill Wood, assistant superintendent.

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