Jun 292011

By Teri Walker–

There are new offerings for family discounts at Joseph City Schools activities and facilities, and changes to facility use fees as a result of last week’s Joseph City School District Governing Board meeting.

Admission to individual high school activities remains the same at $3 for students and senior citizens, $5 for adults, and free for children age 5 and under.

While they’ve been available for a while, the board just adopted as policy a $150 family activity card, allowing immediate family members to attend all school activities for one school year. Activity cards for senior citizens (age 60 and older) remain at $25, adults pay $50, and student activity cards (grades one through 12) are $35.

The governing board approved an increase of swimming fees to $25 per person, per month, up from $20 per month. The swimming fee applies to early morning lap and open swim, and swimming lessons. Families with more than one child receive a $5 discount per child (i.e. first child is $25, second child is $20, third child is $15, and so on). The new fee structure is currently in effect.

Families may purchase a $100 summer family pass for use by immediate family members. Beginning July 1, the family passes will be available for $50, since the swim season will be half over at that time.

The summer swim season ends Aug. 8.

All other facility use, contract carrier and activity fees remain the same.

During the June 21 special meeting, the board also approved a step increase for all employees totaling $58,064. Originally, the board had planned to finalize the fiscal year 2012 budget during this meeting, but the salary increase approval required an adjustment to the budget.

The board plans to approve the 2012 budget during another special meeting in the near future, for which a date has not yet been set.

Before adjourning the special meeting, the board approved two personnel appointments. Eugene Peplowski, formerly a music teacher in Show Low, will teach junior high and high school band and choir, and will be the fifth- and sixth-grade band teacher. Dorothy Morris will be a substitute custodian.