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Fair Share

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
-- Helen Keller

Band and Guard Parents - please help make our job a lot easier by filling out the Student Information Form each year. This helps us create accurate Fair Share statements and get them sent to the correct email addresses.

Sending your Fair Share payment to school - if you have a responsible student, you can send your Fair Share payment to school with your student. The payment should be given to the Performing Arts TA. It is also helpful if you email the Performing Arts TA so that she is aware.

Need to mail your Fair Share payment to us? Make your check payable to CEBB and mail to our PO Box address.

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The school corporation provides very little funding for our programs. However, running a quality band and guard program requires a sizeable budget. We try to keep expenses reasonable, but also want our students to be part of a competitive program. Each student's Fair Share represents the amount that we need to receive from their family either by payment or through fundraising. If even one family does not meet their Fair Share, we have to find something to cut -- the entire band/guard program is affected. We are very proud of our students, our school, and our community, and want to show our pride through quality concerts, marching band shows, winter guard shows, winter percussion shows, and jazz band performances. Please join us in these efforts by meeting your Fair Share.

Fair Share FAQs

How is Fair Share determined?

How do I know if my student is a "half share" or a "full share"?

How will I know my Fair Share balance / how much I've earned by fundraising?

When is the money due and how can I pay it?

Am I able to fundraise through May 31st for the current year’s Fair Share?

Instead of making a June payment, can I just wait and fundraise that amount later in the year?

If I have earned all my Fair Share should I keep offering to help?

If I go over my amount due can I carry it over to next year?

Can the boosters pay me back any extra I have earned?

Can I pay my BCSC book fees with any extra I have earned?

Do you get free Fair Share for being on the board?

Will I earn Fair Share for helping with the pit crew or acting as a chaperone?

Musical Columbus East TorchHow is Fair Share determined?

An estimate of Fair Share is given in May. A budget is set by the directors and the booster board in August. That budget is divided by the number of students, taking full shares and half shares into consideration, to arrive at the Fair Share for each student.

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Musical Columbus East TorchHow do I know if my student is a "half share" or a "full share"?

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Musical Columbus East TorchHow will I know my Fair Share balance / how much I've earned by fundraising?

Fair Share statements are issued three times during the school year. Statements will be emailed to you if we have that information on file. If at any time you have questions about your fair share, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Accounts board member.

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Musical Columbus East TorchWhen is the money due and how can I pay it?

Your account needs to be paid in full in May. We take the Fair Share amount and break it into 4 payments for you:

All Fair Share fundraisers and Fair Share events that you participate in will be applied toward your student's Fair Share.

If you would prefer just to write a check and have it done, you may do so at any time. We ask that you please try to keep your account current so we can keep the program running smoothly.

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Musical Columbus East TorchAm I able to fundraise through May 31st for the current year’s Fair Share?

No. Fundraisers (including Scrip) during the month of May will only apply to next year’s Fair Share. So, for the 2018-19 school year, any fundraising completed from 05.01.18 – 04.30.19 will apply to the 18-19 Fair Share.

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Musical Columbus East TorchInstead of making a June payment, can I just wait and fundraise that amount later in the year?

No. The June payments are necessary to allow the boosters to cover expenses during June band, Band Camp, and getting ready for marching band season. You can fundraise the June payment during the previous May. If you do not fundraise the entire $100, you need to make your payment in June.

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Musical Columbus East TorchIf I have earned all my Fair Share should I keep offering to help?

YES!! A lot of us will earn over our Fair Share, this“extra” all goes to our general fund to help with all the expenses. You may “donate” your extra amount to another student family if you choose. To do this, please email Student Accounts. During a trip year, when your Fair Share has been met, any extra you earn will be put towards your trip fees IF your student is going.

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Musical Columbus East TorchIf I go over my amount due can I carry it over to next year?

NO. We do not carry amounts to the next year. The only exception to this rule is if the board votes to allow a two-year fundraising period for a special trip (Ireland).

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Musical Columbus East TorchCan the boosters pay me back any extra I have earned?

NO. We do not pay you back for any extra you might have earned. Any overage will be used to help fund the programs. During a trip year, if your student goes on the trip any overage UP TO THE COST OF THE TRIP may either be paid to the travel company or refunded to you at the end of the year. This is the ONLY time we will “refund” you any money.

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Musical Columbus East TorchCan I pay my BCSC book fees with any extra I have earned?

NO. We cannot pay any fees due to BCSC on behalf of your child.

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Musical Columbus East TorchDo you get free Fair Share for being on the board?

NO. The only perk of being on the board is helping the program run to the best of its abilities. The board members are volunteer parents and pay all of their Fair Share and trip costs like anyone else.

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Musical Columbus East TorchWill I earn Fair Share for helping with the pit crew or acting as a chaperone?

NO. While the pit crew, chaperone, and similar activities are vital to the band performance, Fair Share is only earned at events that are earning money for the Boosters. Some examples of Fair Share events are: ISSMA Solo & Ensemble, ISSMA Middle School, and Winter Guard Competition (if one is hosted at East).

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2018-19 Fair Share

Fair Share has been set at $750.


Fair Share Due Dates