U46 fees to stay the same for 2014-15
By Suzanne Baker email@example.com February 26, 2014 5:16PM
Elgin School District U46 will keep its fees the same next school year, including those for athletics. The fee for football participation, for example, remains at $200. | Sun-Times Media file
Updated: February 28, 2014 2:41AM
ELGIN — While it seems the price of everything is rising, the cost of one thing will not go up next year: school fees in District U46.
The administration is proposing the school district maintain the same fee structure for the 2014-15 school year. The fee structure was presented to the U46 Board of Education at its meeting this week..
Because proposed costs are status quo, the regular cost for students in first through six grades would remain at $116 annually. For middle school and high school, the instructional fees would stay at $162 and $240, respectively.
For students in the Gifted Program/School Within A School, the fees would stay at $266 for elementary kids and $312 for middle school students. For high school students, the Academy academic fee would be $390. The gifted education fee includes the regular instructional fee plus $150 for the gifted programming.
Again this year, families would have the chance to save $20 per child through the early payment discount. The discount can be applied to any student in grades one through 12 as long as the payment is received prior to June 30.
Early discounts, however, are not available for kindergarten students. The cost is $48 for half-day kindergarten and $96 for full-day.
U46 Chief Operations Officer Jeff King said many families take advantage of the early payment plan, which benefits the school district by infusing U46 with cash during the summer months.
On the other end of the spectrum, a $20 late fee per child would be applied to fees for current students who register after Aug. 29.
As for other fees, the athletic fees would remain at $80 for middle school students and $150 for high school, except football, which is $200. The same goes for the $300 driver education behind-the-wheel fee, $25 driver education textbook fee, $100 parking permit, and $40 activity fee.
The cost of a basic high school yearbook would be $45. Customized yearbooks would vary in fees, depending on the school.