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District freezes, restructures student fees
The Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education discussed on February 25 a recommendation from the administration to freeze student fees at the same rates as last school year, with the exception of the materials fee that would now include a technology cost.
"We understand our local families have been impacted by current economic times. The administration continues to make every effort to keep costs low and yet still be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers who support the District,” said Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Hillarie Siena.
The following student fees would remain the same as last year: bus transportation; Driver education behind-the-wheel; parking stickers; towels; instrument rental fee; credit card convenience charge; and pre-school tuition.
The Board considered replacing the current materials fee of $15 with a combined materials and technology fee of $30. This is to help cover the increasing costs of items such as e-mail and network services, Internet services, wireless access, library services, testing services and the emergency notification system.
The District has not raised fees for transportation the last three years, and will also maintain its sibling bus rider discount of 50 percent. The Board will vote on the proposed fees at the March 11 Board of Education meeting.
Proposed fees for 2013-14
• Driver Education Fee (BTW) $350
• Towel Fee $10.50
• Instrument rental fee $20/semester
• Materials/technology Fee $30
• Student parking stickers $285/full year ($142/semester)
• Credit card fee $2.50 per transaction
• NSF check fee $30
• Pre-School Tuition $160/day
• Bus Transportation $675 (before June 3) and $800 (after June 3)