Woodside’s Money Maker
High schools from the West to East coast, just like everything else on the planet, must be supported through funding. Although the government pays for the big things teacher salaries and textbooks, Big Brother doesn’t fund of parts of high school which are the most important to students. The student body itself funds dances, refs and supplies for athletics, and special benefits for seniors.
With help from Leslie With, student activities director, and Kathleen Soulard, school treasurer, enough data of the student body budget has been compiled and can be graphed. The pie chart shows where the money is spent but also what percent of the budget is used in funding these departments. The students body’s four major sources of income are accumulated from student body card and PAL sticker sales which go for $30 and account for 40% of the budget. Profits from ticket sales at football and basketball games sum up another 37% of the budget. Renting Woodside parking permits that also go for $30 a year add 9% to the income. Finally, payments made from school dances like winter formal, homecoming, and prom finish with a total of 11%.
The four major sources which the student body budget goes to are the athletics department which is a whopping 74%. Fee & supplies such as for items found in the student store which is 13%. Senior expenses 3%. Lastly, misc activities that involve quad events which is 9% .
Fundraising, once informed correctly about, is simply complicated. There are many regulations fundraisers must pass until they are valid for the on school or even outside school sales. For example, no two departments are allowed to sell the same product at the same time, the products must be within a specific range of items that the school permits or it could be rejected, and sometimes even community services with sponsorships or donations are allowed in fundraising attempts.
Usually, fundraising is mistakenly thought of as the process in which certain departments are supposed to make money from, but that is actually a mistaken thought that the department keeps any profit earned solely for themselves. When money is earned from a fundraiser, it is collected by the school and is distributed throughout all the departments. For example, if the football team earns a lot of money by selling a lot of tickets, novelty items, and food, it is not kept only for the team or even the sports department, it is divided and shared equally. Or if money is earned at dances then it can go towards payments for events that will be held in the quad at lunches.
No one department that makes a significant amount of money can keep it all for themselves, it must be divided and shared among all other departments. This allows any amount of income earned to support certain departments that didn’t meet their financial needs.
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