March 22, 2022
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for its regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, March 12, 2022 announced that it will suspend its annual membership assessment fee for member high schools that were implemented for the 2021-22 school year as a part of the Association’s recovery plan from the pandemic.
The annual membership assessment was approved in April of 2021 and called for an assessment fee to be paid annually in 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24. As a result of the Board’s action on Saturday, no assessment fees will be collected in 2022-23 or 2023-24.
In addition, every IHSA member schools who paid their assessment fee in 2021-22 will have half of the amount refunded by April. The Board hopes to refund the entire amount by 2023.
IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson
“I am both proud and appreciative to announce that we will not only discontinue the membership assessment fee, but also begin the process of returning the initial fees back to our member schools. The pandemic had a significant impact on the IHSA budget in 2019-20 and left us with great uncertainty entering 2021-22. We were overly conversative in our financial planning, but the ability to conduct State Series tournaments this year has helped return us to stable financial footing. I take great pride in this news, as it is a positive reflection on the diligent planning by our Board, sacrifice by our staff, and unwavering support from our member schools.”
The initial assessment fee amount was determined by school size and was scheduled to decrease by half in 2022-23 and by half again in 2023-24.