Friday, September 9, 2016

Key Findings from the KASB Fees Survey Report

KASB recently released the 2016 KASB Fees Survey Annual Report, which provides information reported by Kansas public school districts to the Kansas Association of School Boards related to the fees charged for activities, facilities usage, and other items and services from the 1995-96 school year through the 2015-16 school year. Over 90 percent of districts responded each year, with responses for many years nearing 100 percent.


The KASB Fees Survey changed format beginning with the 2016-17 school year. The report presents the data in the new format, and utilizes data formerly collected via the Calendar and Fees Surveys.  


Below are some of the key findings from the report.


  • From 2001-02 to 2015-16:
    • The percent of districts charging students for participation in extracurricular activities doubled from 15 percent to 30 percent.
    • The percent of districts reporting policies for reducing or waiving participation fees has increased from approximately 5 percent to 15 percent.
    • The average amount charged per event at the middle and high school levels has remained fairly consistent.
    • The percent of districts indicating that they offer camps, meals, and uniforms for free has decreased, providing laundry for free has remained fairly consistent, and providing transportation for free has increased.  
  • From 2002-03 to 2015-16:
    • Districts charging admission to athletic events increased from 73 percent to 83 percent.
    • Districts reporting activities income from gate receipts increased from 83 percent to 94 percent, from general fund transfers decreased from 73 percent to 61 percent, from vending machines decreased from 28 percent to 18 percent, and from concessions increased from 12 percent to 21 percent.
    • Per pupil income from bookstores decreased from $5 to $2, from vending machines decreased from $9 to $4, and from concessions increased from $17 to $20.
    • All fees show increases over time. This includes daycare, driver’s education, musical instruments, library and technology fees, per hour and per event facilities rental, shops and labs, textbooks and publications, uniforms, all-day kindergarten, and other miscellaneous items.
  • From 2007-08 to 2015-16:
    • Per student participation fees increased from $22 for middle school and $25 for high school to $28 and $34 respectively.
    • High school annual admission passes have gone from approximately $19 to $30.
    • Middle school annual admission passes have gone from $18 to $26.


In addition to the report, KASB released the following data resources, which allow users to drill down and filter by district, KASB Region, KSHSAA Class, KNEA Uniserv, High School League, and other factors:


Questions on the report and data can be sent to research@kasb.org.    

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