Field day is over, but we’re still unpacking everything that happened. There were a lot of changes to field day this year, from the location to different activities to the new house system to how money was raised. In this article we want to unpack all that went in to making this year’s field day and why the changes were made. All interviews in this article have been minimally paraphrased and edited for clarity.
Let’s start with the basics. How were all these changes paid for? Some readers may have heard from other sources that the school administration spent a lot of money on field day this year. We sat down with Ms. Anderson and the 10th grade treasurer Saad Umar to bring you full and accurate information.
According to the rumors, the school administration spent more than $3000 on field day this year. In fact, highly placed administration sources confirm that field day cost approximately $5500 this year. The largest expense was the inflatables. About half of that money came from the PTSA, but it is not clear where the other half came from except that some of the student councils helped with funding. Investigating that lead, we spoke with Saad Umar, the 10th grade treasurer.
Given budget rules, the money budgeted for field day could not have been spent on anything else, from replacement textbooks to band instruments. However, according to Saad at least $400 of the funding came from the 10th grade student government. It goes without saying that the district approved budget could not require that money raised by a student government money must be used for field day, as it has not been used like this before. The question is why did this year’s student governments have to contribute, and what was the new funding used for?
One of the things that required money was a brand new innovation this year – the house system. We talked to Mr. VanTil about this new model, who has been designing and advocating for this new system for years.
After Mr. VanTil talked about the importance of student leaders we sought some of their input. Below are the thoughts of one of the student leaders for the houses, who wishes to remain anonymous.
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