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Re: State Marching Contest Every Year
So here's the thing... I don't disagree that we spend more on the advancing year... but it's not by that much for us. Realistically budget wise I actually spend less because Area/State costs are mostly covered for me by a post-district account. (Extra things the boosters do obviously are not) We've done the BOA thing as you said, but let's be honest - it's NOT UIL. To me that route is even more frought with the haves/have nots just because their classification system is 1A-4A instead of 1A-6A like in Texas.
I honestly think if we had state every year we would see on average most programs would make things more stable with their costs instead of blowing a stack of cash on the state year. Personally I would probably just budget so much for props each year, etc.
As far as enrollment numbers going down? At least in my program they would probably go up. I have more kids that quit going into non-advancing years than advancing years personally.