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School fees for 2020-21 ratified by District U-46
By Seth Hancock
The Board of Education in School District U-46 unanimously approved fees for the 2020-2021 school year fees at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 10.
Registration and payment of fees, which include Chromebook repair insurance, are expected between June 1 and Aug. 31, but there is an early discount if paid before May 31 and a late fee if paid after Aug. 31. A full refund is given if a student is withdrawn before the first day of school but no refund is available if withdrawn after, and new students will have to pay the full fee if entering before Dec. 31 and half-price if after Jan. 1.
The fee sheet states that the Chromebook repair insurance equates to $25 of the instructional fee and covers accidental damage, but if “lost, stolen or intentionally damaged the guardian/student may be responsible for the full replacement cost of the device.”
Jeff King, deputy superintendent of operations and finance, said “all the changes are incorporated in the high school fee sheet” and there is “no change for elementary, no change for middle, no change for programs.”
The regular high school fee will remain the same at $265 or $245 if paid early, $285 if paid late. The district has removed the academy fee because of the progression towards career pathways.
The district has reduced the driver’s education behind-the-wheel training from $300 to $250, but the textbook will remain the same at $13. There are two new optional fees, $34 for the lifeguard course and $15 for the independent physical education course.
Athletic fees will remain the same price, $150 per sport ($200 for football), but a new cap has been added reducing the number of fees a singular student or a family would have to pay for sports. The fee sheet states: “Student maximum of two sports fees per school year/family maximum of four sports fees per year at the high school level.”
Other high school optional fees will remain the same: $100 for parking permit, $40 for activity fee and $45 for a basic yearbook.
Middle school (seventh and eighth grade) fees are $187 or $167 for early payment, $207 if late. The athletic fee is $80.
The fee for first through fourth grade is $116 or $96 early, $136 late, and grades fifth and sixth is $141 or $121 early, $161 late. The Ignite Program is $291 ($271 early, $311 late).
The kindergarten fee is $48 for half-day, $58 if late, and $96 for full-day, or $116 if late. There is no early discount available for kindergarten registration.
Central program fees include $140 for Moving On, $105 for Center House and $50 for the Secondary Work Experience Program.