The Decatur Bulldog Boosters (DBB) is volunteer non-profit organization that supports ALL sports at Decatur High School AND Renfroe Middle School. The DBB membership consists of students, parents, families, interested alumni and community fans. The DBB believes in the importance of sport in
developing children to become better students and better citizens, as well as building school and community spirit. Our largest fund raising mechanism is membership. By joining the DBB, your membership dues and your support of DBB activities are used to furnish the funds required to obtain the equipment and uniforms our athletes need to compete. No tax dollars, school funds or gate receipts are used to buy uniforms or athlete recognition awards. Your membership and volunteer time is an investment in our scholar athletes and quality athletic programs at both Decatur High and Renfroe
Middle Schools! We need you!! Help us build on Decatur’s tradition of excellence and ensure the future success of RMS and DHS sports programs. Become a member, a volunteer, a committee chair or member of the board of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters! Please help our student athletes bring their “A” game.
Broad Sports Funding Questions
The Athletic Department is funded through three sources of revenue: district general fund, gate sales, and the fundraising efforts of the Decatur Bulldog Boosters.
Does each funding source have a specific purpose or are funding sources pooled into a general fund?
Funds provided by the district and gate revenue are pooled together into an athletic general fund. Funds provided by the DBB are allocated separately for team play.
Funds from the DBB go directly for team play (equipment and uniforms, banquets, awards/letters and mini-grants). District and gate funds cover everything from coach salaries to buses, drivers, security, game officials, and fees to the state and county for participation.
The DBB provided $110,930 in the 2016/17 academic year to the Athletic Department in a combination of direct team funding for team play, banquets, awards/letters and specific mini grants. DBB does not receive or control the gate receipts. These are handled by the Athletic Department. The district general fund is part of the budget passed by the City Schools of Decatur Board. DBB does not play a role in obtaining or distributing those funds.
Funds provided by the District may not be used for team play (uniforms and equipment). The City Schools of Decatur and the School Board that passes the budget are the ultimate deciders of how District funds are applied.
DBB Specific Funding Questions
To engender, foster and promote the athletic program, school spirit, and community involvement related to Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School; To assist and support the School Administration, faculty members and community coaches involved in the administration and conduct of the interscholastic athletic program; To raise funds for uniforms, equipment, and other aspects of the athletic programs as identified by the School Administration, Activities Athletic Director, and Club members. No part of the funds raised shall inure to the benefit of the Club members.
We are on track, but we need more members and volunteers to meet the growing demand of more athletes as our school system has grown.
The DBB provides funds in 3 ways.
- Team Play (funds for every sport in Fall, Winter, and Spring to go to uniforms and
equipment) – the Team Play Budget is determined from a request by the AAD and DBB
tries to raise enough funds to fulfill the request;
- Mini-Grants – as funds allow, the DBB Board sets aside a specific amount of money from which coaches request funding for a specific expense, a separate committee of individuals without students in school reviews the requests to prevent bias and makes recommendations to the DBB Board, the DBB Board votes to approve, modify, clarify, or disapprove the recommendation;
- Recognition – DBB provides $8/player and coaches for banquets. The funds may be
used for food, trophies, awards, and certificates or letters.
RMS teams received $6,000 in Team Play funds plus shared budgets of DHS teams. Each DHS head coach shares their funding budget with the RMS teams for their sports. DHS received $73,000 in Team Play. In addition, DBB also provided multiple Mini-Grants, some of which were shared by RMS and DHS sports teams and some of which were direct funding to a school specific sport.
NO. No DBB Officer receives any salary. The DBB is a volunteer organization. The only Operating Expenses are a Verizon bill (data for iPad used for membership, spirit wear, and the Decatur October Festival Concessions) and Postage (bill payments, correspondence, etc.). Of course, funds are used to purchase the items sold at concessions and the equipment needed to prepare and serve the items as well as to purchase spirit wear. However, all profit is given to the teams.
Are there funds held in reserve at DBB, the school, or the sports programs from funds obtained? If so, what are these reserves?
There are no “reserves”; however, DBB does hold proceeds from individual team fundraisers, at the team’s request. The team can request that funds be transferred to DHS Athletic Department (team budget) at any time. The DBB does not want to hold money. The main purpose of the DBB fundraising is for student athletes at RMS and DHS. DBB does have carry over at the end of each school year with which to start to fund the Fall sports. However, additional funding is required in the Fall from membership and other fundraisers to fully fund the Fall sports.
School Allocation Questions
The Athletic Department conducts a needs review for each program and the Athletic Director determines how DBB funds are allocated to various programs (received as a budget request to DBB from the AAD). Head coaches of the DHS teams are responsible for the allocation of funds within their program to ensure each team has what it needs and to share the funds with the teams at RMS.
The Athletics & Activities Director allocates DBB funds to the various programs.
What is the allocation method the schools use for distributing the DBB funds to the sports programs?
As stated above, the Athletic Department conducts a needs analysis.
Is the same funding process used for the other sources of funds (i.e., school board allocations, etc.)?
Yes, in part. Funds from the District also have specific designations as they pertain to facilities cost and maintenance, and salaries, etc.
Sports Team allocations
DHS BASEBALL $3000
RMS BASEBALL $1000
DHS BOYS BASKETBALL $3000
RMS BOYS BASKETBALL $3000
DHS GIRLS BASKETBALL $3000
RMS GIRLS BASKETBALL $1000
DHS CHEERLEADING – FOOTBALL $2000
RMS CHEERLEADING – FOOTBALL $1000
DHS/RMS CROSS COUNTRY $3000
DHS/RMS FOOTBALL $24,000
DHS GOLF $2000
DHS/RMS BOYS LACROSSE $3000
DHS/RMS GIRLS LACROSSE $3000
DHS BOYS SOCCER $3000
DHS GIRLS SOCCER $3000
RMS BOYS SOCCER $1000
RMS GIRLS SOCCER $1000
DHS/RMS SOFTBALL $4000
DHS/RMS SWIMMING $3000
DHS TENNIS $2000
DHS/RMS TRACK $4000
DHS/RMS VOLLEYBALL $4000
DHS WRESTLING $4000
Allocations within sports programs are decided by Head Coaches. The Athletics & Activities Director and school system have systems in place to monitor spending of allocated monies by head coaches.
Sports Program Financial Needs
DHS and RMS provide a top class experience for our student athletes. While there may be other school’s sports programs that are better funded, the DBB strives to do the best we can to help our athletes bring their “A” game. It is very difficult to compare the sports funding available at county schools or at private schools to the funding at a smaller city school system like Decatur. It is fair to say that there are sports that need more funding and facilities, however, the DBB does not provide the full funding for each sport nor do we handle facilities. To that end, it is imperative that all members of the Decatur community and especially families of ALL of our student athletes support the DBB. WE NEED YOU! Your donations whether monetary or time or BOTH make all the difference to our student athletes.
Does Decatur have a funding advantage or disadvantage compared to the public and private school programs that they compete against?
Like all public schools systems, DHS and RMS follow the rules for public schools. DHS and RMS sports are not as well funded as some of the schools against which we compete. However, DHS and RMS sports are better supported than some of the schools against which we compete. In comparison, we are better funded than some and not as well funded as others.
Larger fundraising donations, very active alumni funding opportunities, and different coaching salary options, are some of the other sources other schools have used.
Some sports programs are significantly more expensive to operate than others. How much does each Decatur sports program cost to run per year?
Costs for the various programs vary significantly year to year due to facility rentals (when DHS/RMS does not have their own facilities), playoff costs, and state fees.
Expenses are varied from facility rentals to official fees to buses/drivers to equipment and uniforms.
Student participation has varied, however, on average 50% or more of the student body is involved in at least one sport at RMS/DHS. As the student body grows these numbers increase. In the 2016/17 time period participation was as follows:
- Football – 100
- Cross Country – 100
- Volleyball – 45
- Softball – 60
- Basketball – 80
- Swimming -80
- Wrestling – 30
- Soccer – 100
- Lacrosse – 60
- Tennis – 25
- Golf – 15
- Track – 50
The DBB would like to have as many students as possible participate in sports at RMS and DHS. In order to do so, our student athletes will need your support!
Are some sports programs revenue generators? If so, which programs? How much revenue is typically generated per sport?
In general, Football and Basketball are the major revenue generating sports based on gate receipts and concessions sales. While several of the other sports generate gate receipts, spirit wear, and concessions when they are held at DHS or RMS facilities, none of these generate the funds to pay for all their expenses and beyond as basketball and especially football are able to accomplish. In a good year, football and basketball can generate enough funds to significantly help fund multiple other sports programs. Some sports programs do not generate funds at all as there are no CSD owned facilities to host their competitions and no gate receipts are gathered nor concessions sold. Some sports do generate concessions based on sharing facilities with the City of Decatur, but do not gather gate receipts due to the facilities not belonging to RMS/DHS.
In very basic terms, all dues paying members of the DBB can attend meetings and vote on issues and elections. The Board of the DBB consists of the officers and committee chairs. The Board meets once a month to plan and implement fundraising events and discuss other issues. All DBB members are encouraged to attend Board meetings and provide input. Please refer to our bylaws posted on the DBB web page for further information.
Who is the Decatur City School System Activities & Athletic Director? What are the responsibilities of the AAD?
Rodney Thomas is the current Athletics & Activities Director. The AAD duties are:
- Reports to the principal and works to supervise all aspects of the athletic program
- Observes coaches sufficiently in order to make future recommendations in terms of job expectations and job assignments to the principal
Yes. Although, RMS faculty report to the RMS principal and DHS faculty report to the DHS principal.