Where Does ASB’s Money Go?

Every year, students participate in events that are funded by the Associated Student Body, including rallies, sports games and Diversity Week. Not many, however, are aware that the existence of these events is dependent on ASB’s extensive budgeting of their finances. A glance at the ASB’s 2009-10 school year financial records can help provide a clearer image of ASB’s monetary situation.

ASB’s holistic budget from last year reports that the body generated a total income of $223,200. The leading source of income was the sale of ASB cards, which netted $142,500. Total income was divided up among three expense categories: ASB, athletic and PepsiCo, Incorporated.

The ASB subsection, which deals primarily with student-related activities, received the largest cut of the income: $134,000. More than half of this ASB budget was allocated to Yearbook, while $13,000 was allotted to El Estoque. ASB Leadership received $11,500 of the budget, which was divided up among the nine commissions. Staff Relations was given the most money, $2000, while the Clubs commission received the least, $300. Outside of Leadership, ASB set aside $4,000 for Relax Week and another $10,000 for the Social, Rally and Diversity Week budget.

With $63,500, athletics were second in terms of money allocated. Most of the money was not budgeted for equipment, but rather for paying officials; equipment and officials received $15,000 and $20,000, respectively. Tournament fees came in third, with $10,000.

PepsiCo, Inc. provided the school with $25,700; in exchange, MVHS agreed to place only Pepsi vending machines on campus. The bulk of the money from PepsiCo, Inc., $13,000, paid for planners and purple folders. Other PepsiCo, Inc.-funded expenses included Link Crew, the visual and performing arts department and drama department. The contract between PepsiCo, Inc. and FUHSD will expire next school year.

“The soda machines’ revenue over the past three, four, five, six years has steadily been decreasing because the state put forth a law that you can’t sell soda on campus anymore,” Dean of Students Michael Hicks said. “So I don’t know whats going to happen to the contract.”

ASB’s projected income for this school year is already $6,000 less than that of last year. Yet ASB vice president Elaine Tang is not worried. Tang and the other officers only deal with the money allotted to ASB Leadership, not the entire ASB budget.

“I don’t think we have any financial issues because we have surplus from over the years,” Tang said. “I know that the district, for general finances, has planned for saving its money to use over the years… so we definitely still have money to help our students out.”

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