The Reynoldsburg Board of Education voted Tuesday to reduce athletic and music fees by about half. Fall athletes and musicians who have already paid fees this school year will be refunded the difference.
The new fees will be $170 for sports, $80 for marching band and $40 for concert band, choir and orchestra.
The reduction was made possible by increased revenue from the district’s open enrollment program in the 2014-15 school year. Open enrollment revenues have already funded the addition of 17 core teaching positions and more than a dozen support staff positions.
“Reynoldsburg has attracted more students from central Ohio each year,” board president Andy Swope said. “The revenues improve the long-term financial health of the district, and now some of the dollars can be used to support or expand programs that we might not otherwise have been able to afford.”
In addition, Superintendent Tina Thomas-Manning is working with school principals to identify potential opportunities to expand elective programs for students, particularly in the elementary and middle schools, also funded by open enrollment dollars. Principals will be discussing options with their school communities over the coming months.