Parlier, CA – A non-profit youth football and cheer group in Parlier is hit with an unexpected bill of thousands of dollars from their own school district.
They’re in disbelief and now at odds with the school district.
In the past the school district allowed them to use the facilities for free. But now parents and leaders of the non-profit are outraged after they were slapped with three bills from the district totaling more than $10,000.
The Parlier Panthers Youth Football and Cheer was created to help kids stay off the streets and out of trouble. It’s a registered non-profit, but now they’re faced with a hefty bill from the school district. from custodial to concession to grounds fees. The bill totals $11,406. Nearly eight-thousand of it is for a custodian to open, close and clean restrooms for 80 days
“If you ask me we shouldn’t be charging our kids anything.”
Trinidad Pimentel is the president of the non-profit. He met with the Parlier Superintendent Jaime Robles about these bills.
“He said it would be a thousand dollars or a little less but I still disagree with that.”
“I’m the fourth superintendent in four years. With that history, tell me how can anyone know what the rule is.” says Robles.
Robles says he’s committed to doing what’s best for the community. Coaches and parents of the non-profit say they scrape donations together just to give the kids uniforms and cleats.
“We’re all volunteers here. A thousand dollars is still too much,” says Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit, Eddie Ochoa. “We have to pay league fees and insurance just to cover the kids.”
“What are we doing to the kids? What are we showing them by charging a non-profit? It’s pretty ridiculous in my opinion,” says Eli Pena, a coach and parent with the non-profit.
If both sides agree on a price, the school board must still approve it.
“We just want to make sure we navigate the financial waters in a manner that keeps the financial integrity of the district in tact,” says Robles.
Eddie Ochoa says they ended up paying around $500 to the district last year, they fear if they have to pay even more than a thousand dollars, the non-profit may fold.