Band fees on Rock Hill School Board agenda for Monday

February 23, 2013 

Northwestern High School's Purple Regiment Band competed at District Three Stadium on Saturday at the South Carolina 5A preliminary band competition. Northwestern, Rock Hill High School and Fort Mill High School all advanced to the championship round.

DANIEL PLASSMANN • SPECIAL TO THE HERALD

Staff reports

Rock Hill Superintendent of Schools Lynn Moody is recommending that the $500 per student band fee collected for marching band be handled by school officials and not the band booster, according to agenda packet for Monday’s School Board meeting.

Moody is scheduled to discuss the fee collection at the Monday’s 6 p.m. meeting at the district’s office on Anderson Road.

The $500 fee was mandated by the School Board in 2006. It helps cover some of the fees the marching band pay to prepare for and to enter competitions. Students and parents can reduce the fee by working various fund raising projects conducted by the band boosters.

The band boosters have been collecting the fee. School Board Chairman Jim Vining said legal opinions from the board’s lawyer, as well as the S.C. School Board Association, are that the fee must be collected by the schools.

At the board’s recent work session, some band parents and Rock Hill band director Joe Gulledge expressed concern that changing how the fee is collected could affect the quality of the marching band program.

In her memo to the School Board, Moody said the district would need more staff at each high school to hand the collection of the fees. She said that the administration should make the change in collections immediately and that it will “involve a few selected band boosters to help make the transition as smooth as possible.”

Also on the agenda for Monday’s meeting is adopting the school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.

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