HPISD parents are asking for more scoop about ACE (Athletic Commitment to Excellence) fees required for students playing school sponsored sports. While $250 does sound awfully high, the parents I’ve heard from would not question the amount nearly as much if they had more information about what it was used for. I’ve asked for a listing of exactly how the money has been spent over the past few years and also how it will be spent this year.
Here is what I have so far from Helen Williams with HPISD to accompany the super brief statement on the district’s website saying not much more than they promise to be good stewards of the money.
ACE fees came about back when recapture was first implemented in the early 1990s. The fees are used to offset the cost of the athletic program, which includes stipends, payment for game workers, payment for referees, supplies, equipment, transportation, other travel expenses, awards, and other miscellaneous costs. The total cost for the athletic program runs in the neighborhood of $1.5 million, and ACE fees have totaled about $275,000-$375,000 over the last three years.