SAGINAW, Mich. — Wins and losses are one way to gauge a high school sports team, but Saginaw City School District officials would like to see some financial scores as well, according to The Saginaw News.

School board Trustee Norman C. Braddock asked Phoebe Wood, the district’s chief financial officer, at a recent meeting whether she knows the cost to the district of each sport, according to The News.

Wood said she intended to provide that information by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, according to The News. Many school districts have incorporated pay-to-play fees in recent years, but Saginaw has not, The News reported.

“We’re not there yet, and I hope we don’t have to get there as far as (requiring students to) ‘pay to play,’” Braddock said, The News reported. “But it would be good to know what sports are supporting themselves versus those that aren’t, because I’d rather put the burden on those that aren’t supporting themselves than on those that are supporting themselves.”

SOURCE:
The Saginaw News, “Saginaw School District wants to learn which sports carry their own weight, financially,” Jan. 20, 2011

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Capitol Confidential, “Sports Spending at Bloomfield Hills Schools is $285 Per Pupil,” Oct. 27, 2010

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