Charleston County School district funds only a small part of our school band program. To meet our annual operating expenses, each band family must contribute an equal amount or a "Fair Share" of the expenses that are not covered by the school district budget. We make every effort to keep our Fair Share fees as affordable as possible through fundraising, seeking donations from business partners, and by relying on parent and student volunteers to help with the work of running this band program. The best way for parents to assist in keeping the Fair Share fees low for all students is to pay their Fair Share in a timely manner and to be involved with fundraising and volunteering.
All the fundraisers that we do directly affect your Fair Share because, without participation, every family would have to pay more out-of-pocket. Without fundraising, Fair Share assessements would be significantly higher. We use the term and concept of Fair Share because payments and credits are used collectively for the operating expenses of the entire band, rather than for the benefit of the individual student. All Fair Share payments and fundraising credits go into the general operating account and may be used for such expenses as clinician’s fees, sheet music, office supplies, percussion equipment, and large instrument purchases and maintenance.
Fair Share payments must currently be made by mailing a check. Due to related additional processing costs, we currently do not take payments online but are considering the option in the near future.
No student will be denied participation in the Cario Band due to the inability to pay their Fair Share. Any student may apply for a waiver by filling out a scholarship form. Waivers must be approved by the booster board and the Director. More information about the scholarship fund and the criteria for receiving financial assistance can be found in the band handbook.