Detroit Lakes High School Activity Fee Sees $20 Increase – Detroit Lakes Tribune
DETROIT LAKES — Rising transportation costs have led to higher activity fees at Detroit Lakes High School.
At the monthly meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022, the Detroit Lakes School Board approved a $20 high school tuition increase. The total cost will be $120 per activity.
Dating back to the 2020-21 school year, the activity fee was $80 in high school. The following year, an increase of $20 brought the cost per activity to $100.
The college tuition fee of $60 for an extracurricular activity will remain the same as last school year. The last college tuition increase was from the 2020-21 school year to the 2021-22 school year. The increase was $10 (from $50 to $60).
School board member and activities committee member Amy Erickson said college tuition would remain the same. The two reasons for the consistency of college tuition were that the amount of transportation needed was significantly less than that required at the high school level, and the committee did not want to discourage students from trying an activity.
Student families who receive free and reduced assistance will see the cost per activity remain at $20, the same as last year.
There is also a family maximum set by the Activities Committee. For the next school year, this maximum will be $450. The amount is an increase of $50 from 2021-22. In 2020-2021, the maximum family fee was $375.
Erickson added that the committee decided to implement a $60 fee to participate in the Knowledge Bowl team. She said it appeared to be the only competitive team in the school that did not have an associated activity fee. Because the competition season for the knowledge bowl is shorter and the coach’s compensation is less, the committee felt that half the cost of the regular activity fee, or $60, was fair.
The board also approved a $15 increase to its hockey facility fee (in addition to registration). The fee will be $285 for 2022-2023. In 2021-22 it was $270 and in 2020-21 it was $235.
The admission fee schedule for the coming school year was also approved. Rates will remain the same as last school year, at all levels: $5 for a single sporting event for a student or student membership; $7 for a single sporting event for an adult and $40 for a season pass for an adult.
Erickson added that the committee declined a request for its women’s hockey program to cooperate with Park Rapids because it would place the program in a different division. The district was also asked to create a co-op with its swim team and Hawley. The committee approved this request.