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D300 proposes student fee freeze

Updated: February 16, 2013 6:15AM

ALGONQUIN — Community Unit School District 300 once again will not raise student fees.

That recommendation came from District 300 Director of Finance MeriAnn Besonen Monday night at the District 300 Board of Education meeting.

It comes after an analysis of similar unit school districts in the area found their fees were “similar,” according to Besonen. And it comes as property taxes increase and the economy continues to struggle, she said.

“In my estimation, with the current economic times, it seems logical we would not change our fees. That’s what we’re thinking at this point,” she said.

Student fees include charges for the use of textbooks, consumable materials and extracurricular activities, as well as other school fees that are tangential to educational programs, according to the district.

At the high school level in District 300, those fees include a $135 registration fee, a $125 parking permit fee, a $125 athletic participation fee for each sport and a $300 driver’s education fee, according to the district website.

Parents of middle school students will continue to pay a $125 registration fee and a $75 athletic participation fee, the website said. And parents of elementary students pay $115 to register, it said.

Parents of prekindergarten students pay $90 to register for non-tuition programs and $50 for tuition programs. In those tuition programs, they pay anywhere from $135 a month for a two-day program to $925 a month for a five-day program with 10 hours of child care, the website said.

The Carpentersville-based district last increased student fees in the 2011-12 school year.

Those fees were only for those optional, self-sufficient prekindergarten tuition programs. And the increases were imposed to make sure the programs continue to break even without using district funds, the district said at the time.

Before that, it said, student fees had not been raised since the 2005-06 school year.

District 300 still is looking into studies on tuition-based early childhood programs because of “the current economic situation,” according to Monday’s board packet.

The school board will vote on student fees at its next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Professional Development Center at Westfield Community School, 2100 Sleepy Hollow Road.

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