Item Coversheet

Action Item - 35.

Title: Authorization for Payment to Sports Officials - ArbiterPay ($600,000)

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration


The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize the School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to authorize payment, subject to funding, to the Arbiter Pay Trust Account used for the electronic funds transfer (EFT) system that communicates directly with the ArbiterSports web-based assignment system to pay game officials.


Purpose:  Payment to game officials by electronic funds transfer (EFT) system


Start date: 7/1/2020


End date: 6/30/2021


Compensation not to exceed: $600,000


Location:  All high schools


Renewal options: Yes


Number of Options: 2


Duration of each option to extend: Years: 1 Months:


Maximum compensation authorized per option period: $600,000



The School District of Philadelphia, as a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), requires that all competitions between member high school athletic teams participating in PIAA District XII athletic competitions be officiated by PIAA registered officials. After officials are assigned in the Arbiter System and have successfully completed officiating an athletic competition, the ArbiterPay System generates direct deposit payments. In addition, ArbiterPay generates 1099 tax documentation to those officials whose earnings have exceeded the threshold within that given tax year.


Anchor Goal(s) Supported:  Anchor goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career.


Related Resolution(s) approvals:

June 27, 2019; No. 66


Funding Source(s)

FY21: HS Operating

FY21: MS Operating

 Office Originating Request: Academic Support