Marshall school board member Anita Wright brought up an issue at the board's meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25, that has been bothering her -- school fundraising practices.
She referred specifically to door-to-door sales of merchandise that often ranges from cookie dough or fruit baskets to various trinkets and doodads.
She and board member Larry Godsey noted that often parents end up buying some or all of the products kids need to sell to reach quotas.
"You do it for the cause," Wright said, "but I feel parents have already spent a lot of money just getting them ready for school."
She clarified that she's not opposed to fundraising generally, but she is concerned about the projects that require door-to-door sales. And she said she heard some projects involve quotas students must reach in order to participate in the activity supported by the fundraising.
"I don't like telling kids they have a quota they have to make or pay the difference," she said.
She said other types of fundraising, like holding dinners or car washes, are more acceptable because patrons can choose to participate without feeling pressure.
Board member Douglas Koehn asked what economic impact fundraising projects have for extracurricular activities.
That information wasn't immediately available, but Superintendent Ryan Huff said some school districts levy a student activity to support activities.
That option didn't gain any traction Tuesday, but Huff promised to gather information about current practices and economic impact and will report back to the board.