The program you describe is as if one's boss strongly suggested an employee pay to attend a seminar that the boss was hosting about being a better employee at the boss' business.<quoted text>
No, I don't think that the question is whether to give it to the coaches or give it to the children. What this district has been concerned with is do they (the district) get there share. As the new policy states, 20% of the funds will go to the district - not sure exactly how that money will be used yet, but it may or may not go directly to the children. The rest will go to the coaches. So the only difference I see from the way it has been done for over 10 years is that the district now gets there share. I don't have a problem with that - maybe it should have been that way a long time ago. But for some reason, someone thought that the school property belonged to the students and that anytime they were using it (either during the camps or for the actual sports) they would not be charged. I think it is fair to say, the majority of kids that go to the camps are members of this community and their parents are already paying their taxes to pay for the buildings/fields/courts.
Still not sure why you feel coaches shouldn't receive any compensation for running the camps unless you feel that the camps are too expensive. The facts still remain, parents paid for a service - to have their child learn more about a sport during these camps, and those services were rendered.
My guess is that would not sit too well with many employees.
Unfortunately for your argument, the coaches are the ones who thought that school property belonged to them and them alone. Selling the use of public assets and access for personal gain is wrong, even you can see that. Coaches financialy utilizing their public connections with the schools to create an atmosphere of hopeful deference from aspiring athletes is also wrong.
If we truly live in an egalitarian community, the cream will rise to the top in academics, athletics, or other extracurriculars. Let those children who do the work, display the talent, and perform when it is time enjoy the fruits of their labors in the spotlight.
I abhor the thought that those who feel the need to financially patronize a coach, teacher, or instructor in hopes of advancing the son or daughters career.
The policy committee is looking at revising the amount of "gifts" a teacher may accept, just what constitutes "reasonable" is in the same category as "fair" compensation. Not that any coach, teacher, or instructor could be influenced by the acceptance of such gifts regardless of their amount or frequency, but why take the chance, let us remove all temptation.
Our parents run on a volunteer basis, PeeWee Football, Select and Saturday Basketball, Select and Youth Baseball, LaCrosse, Select and Youth Soccer, etc. Some parent coaches are good and some are not so good, just like the paid coaches we have throughout the system.