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Detroit Lakes High school activity fees see a $20 increase

Total fee is now set at $120

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Detroit Lakes School Board members reviewed and approved a proposal to increase activity fees at the high school by $20.
Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

DETROIT LAKES — Increased transportation costs have resulted in increased activity fees at Detroit Lakes High School.

During the monthly meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022, the Detroit Lakes School Board approved a $20 increase to fees at the high school level. The total fee will be $120 per activity.

Dating back to the 2020-21 school year, the activity fee was $80 at the high school. The following year saw a $20 increase bringing the cost per activity to $100.

The middle school fee of $60 for an extracurricular activity will remain the same as the last school year. The last increase to the middle school fee was from the 2020-21 school year to the 2021-22 school year. The increase was $10 (from $50 to $60).
School board member Amy Erickson, who is a member of the Activities Committee, said the middle school fee would remain the same. The two reasons for the consistency in the middle school fee were that the amount of transportation needed is significantly less than what is required at the high school level, and the committee didn’t want to discourage students from trying an activity.

The student families who receive free and reduced assistance will see the charge per activity remain $20, the same as last school year.

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There is also a family maximum set by the activities committee. For the upcoming school year that maximum will be $450. The amount is a $50 increase from 2021-22. In 2020-21 the family maximum fee was $375.

Erickson added the committee decided to implement a $60 fee to compete on the Knowledge Bowl Team. She said it appeared to be the only competitive team at the school that didn’t have an activity fee associated with it. Because the competitive season for knowledge bowl is shorter and the coach compensation less, the committee felt half the cost of a 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 2022-23. In 2021-22 it was $270 and in 2020-21 it was $235.

The admission fee schedule for the upcoming school year was also approved. The prices will remain the same as the last school year, across the board: $5 for a single athletic event for a student or a student season pass; $7 for a single athletic event for an adult and $40 for an adult season pass.

Erickson added the committee declined a request to co-op its girls hockey program with Park Rapids, as it would put the program in a different division. The district was also asked to create a co-op with its swimming team and Hawley. The committee approved that request.

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