The United South Central School Board discussed a possible change to the current season pass arrangement with the USC Athletic Booster Club last Tuesday night.
The board decided not to change anything, but the possible change did spark a discussion.
The athletic booster club and the School Board are a partnership and will continue to be one. The booster club approaches businesses and collects donations because it maximizes the amount of money the school receives. Superintendent Jerry Jensen believes that people are more likely to give to boosters compared to giving the school a check.
In the past, the fundraising process was to have the booster club collecting all of the money and sending a check to the school. That process was changed at some point to have the money collected by the board; the board would keep 35 percent and the athletics booster club would collect 65 percent.
However, the question regarding the season pass arrangement was about whether or not to put all of the money collected into a separate fund marked solely for athletics.
"Most people believe their dollar(s) are going toward the athletics fund," board member Sharon Parriott says. "This would be a way to set aside money for the athletic teams and tell people where there money is actually going."
A point was brought up that if money goes into one account, the board members will have to make all of the decisions with what to do with that designated money.
"In essence we take the booster club and parents out of the equation," board member Jon Feist says. "It would no longer be a partnership anymore, the boosters would not put as much time in and that could harm getting donations from the community."
The board agreed with the president of the Athletics Booster Club, Doug Becher, that they liked the partnership and would not want to take that away.
Jensen says, "if it's not broken, why fix it?"
If partial 'ownership' is taken away from the boosters then there would possibly be no more participation by them.
"Truthfully I think this partnership has been working well and we have good support in the community," Becher says. "We are obviously still willing to put in the effort and continue the way we have been doing things previously."