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AGO Opinions with Topic: PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC EVENTS
AGO 1974 No. 21 >  October 23, 1974
DISTRICTS - SCHOOLS - FUNDS - PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC EVENTS
DISTRICTS ‑- SCHOOLS ‑- FUNDS ‑- PARTICIPATION IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC EVENTS (1) Some form of official action by the board of directors of a school district is required in order to authorize the district to engage in interscholastic athletic events as a part of its over-all educational program for which district funds are expended. (2) Where a school district, at district expense, provides an athletic stadium and the various kinds of uniforms and equipment used in interscholastic athletic competition, and pays coaches' salaries, the district may charge an admission fee for attendance at athletic events by nonstudent school patrons; and it may bind itself contractually to sell reserved seat season tickets to its athletic events for several years in advance, subject to the applicable principles of law concerning the power of public officials to bind their successors in office. (3) When the board of directors of a school district has by appropriate action authorized the expenditure of school district funds for interscholastic athletic activities, and such activities have been paid for in whole or in part out of the district's general operating funds, the directors may not permit the district's student body association to keep and utilize such gate receipts as it derives from these activities without accounting for them or reimbursing the school district funds thus expended. (4) A school district, in lieu of purchasing athletic uniforms and equipment out of its general operating funds in accordance with AGO 1973 No. 22 [[to Elmer W. Stanley, Executive Director, Washington State School Directors' Association on October 30, 1973]], may continue to purchase those items with its student body funds.
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