City Section schools must come up with money for sports dues

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When the City Section breaks apart from the Los Angeles Unified School District on July 1, the 92 LAUSD schools that are part of the City Section will have to start paying sports dues that range from $2,300 a year to an estimated $7,000 for the largest schools.

Charter schools have been paying the dues for years to the City Section. They are fees for services provided by the section office and include a playoff entry fee.


Letters have been sent to schools informing them of their estimated assessments based on school enrollment, the number of athletic teams they have and the number of athletes that participate in the playoffs.

The big question is where are principals going to get the funds? The LAUSD isn’t likely to offer money. Some schools have already started fundraising to pay for the dues.

The dues will be re-evaluated after the first year, according to outgoing City Section Commissioner Barbara Fiege.

-- Eric Sondheimer