The Belmond-Klemme school board spent over an hour August 9 listening to parents of youth athletes concerned about being charged for the use of school facilities.
Kylie Beminio said she estimated elementary sports teams would have to pay over $29,000 to rent the school facilities for practices. She said, “Our children are being punished for the deficits (in the athletic accounts),” and added that rental fees would “destroy” the youth sports programs. Beminio said youth sports contribute a percentage of concession sales and pay rental fees when tournaments are held at the high school or Jacobson Elementary School.
The school board has talked about enforcing a years-old policy that calls for charging $25 per hour for facility rental. This could help alleviate a $30,000 deficit in the athletic activity account. The deficits continue to mount as gate receipts at high school ball games do not keep up with costs. The state requires a certain number of officials at each game, and admission prices do not cover that cost.
The concession stands at junior high, junior varsity and varsity events are run by the Belmond-Klemme Booster Klub, and those receipts are used to buy equipment and uniforms for teams.