School fees going up

By Emily Bialkowski

Caledonia Argus


The Caledonia School Board agreed to raise student participation fees and athletic ticket prices – as well as athletic season pass prices – during their June 18 meeting.

Home athletic event ticket prices are going up $1 (except tournaments or special events) to $4 per ticket for students and $6 per ticket for adults beginning the 2013-14 school year.

The price aligns with what all Three Rivers Conference schools are charging, Middle School/High School Principal Paul DeMorett said.

The board also agreed to increase student participation fees as charted in the graph below. DeMorett said this change keeps Caledonia in the middle of the pack in terms of fees within the conference.

School Board Member Jared Barnes asked if all districts have a family maximum, to which DeMorett answered no.

Finally, season ticket prices were increased by $10 for individuals and $20 for families.

Student season tickets went from $60 to $70; adult season tickets from $80 to $90; senior season tickets (age 55 and over) from $70 to $80; and family season tickets from $160 to $180.

Superintendent Ben Barton said the issue should be “continually looked at” to make sure people aren’t priced out of participating while the district retains the ability to recoup some of the cost of running the programs and events.


Warrior Pride

As is tradition at each School Board meeting, several groups and individuals were extended a thank you for helping make the Caledonia School District a great place for learning.

Thanks were extended to Blaine Moe, Brad Harguth and his students and Thurman Tucker of the Southeast Quails Forever Chapter for all their hard work to secure and plant 700 trees on the middle/high school campus area.

Thanks was also extended to Brad Harguth for securing an AgStar Grant in the amount of $2,480 for equipment and supplies that will be used for the school garden.

And congratulations were extended to the following Caledonia/Spring Grove track and field students for advancing to the Minnesota State High School League state tournament: Aly Folz, Emma Lange, Ryan Pitts and West Spier.