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U46, Dist. 300 decide to freeze student fees for next school year

Updated: March 2, 2013 11:32AM

ELGIN — School District U46 will not raise student fees for the coming 2013-14 school year.

But it will combine the lock fee that middle and high school students had paid in past years with their instructional fee, “so they’re not having to write two different checks for different items,” according to U46 Chief Operations Officer Jeff King.

King proposed that freeze to the U46 Board of Education this week at its regular meeting.

That would put the fee for instructional materials for middle school students at $162 and for high school students, $240 — both with that $10 lock fee rolled in, according to information from the district in the board meeting packet.

The instructional fee for elementary school students in grades one to six is $116. All include a $20 discount for early registration and a $20 late fee.

Other fees that would not change include charges for School Within A School, or SWAS, the district’s gifted program. Those fees now are $266 for elementary students and $312 for middle school. They also include an $80 athletic fee for middle school students and $150 per sport for high school students.

High school football carries a $200 price tag, an increase that brought some concerns from as Elgin High School head football coach Dave Bierman when it passed before the start of the school year. That was made to cover the costs of transportation and of reconditioning and replacing equipment, King said at the time.

Other high schools fees include $325 for driver’s education costs and $100 for a parking permit. They also include a $390 fee for the district’s high school academy program that had increased this school year.

At the elementary level, half-day kindergarten would remain $48 per month; full-day, $96; and extended day, $300.

The proposed fee freeze follows U46’s move last year to flat fees, covering the cost of all the various offerings beyond the core class schedule. Students had paid those fees separately in the past.

The U46 Board of Education is scheduled to vote on those fees Monday.

The Community Unit School District 300 Board of Education approved its student fees this week at its board meeting. It also chose to freeze those fees for the coming school year, pointing to the struggling economy and property tax increases.

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