District 225 considers freezing student fees
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Updated: April 8, 2013 6:25AM
NORTHBROOK — Glenbrook High School District 225’s Board of Education is considering freezing student fees at the same rates as last school year.
The only exception would be the cost of materials, which would now include a technology charge.
Holding down the student fees was a recommendation brought to the board by administration members.
“We understand our local families have been impacted by current economic times, said Hillarie Siena, assistant superintendent for business affairs.
“The administration continues to make every effort to keep costs low and yet still be fiscally responsible to our taxpayers who support the district.”
The student fees to remain the same as last year are for: behind-the-wheel driver education; parking stickers; towels; instrument rental fee; credit card convenience charges; and pre-school tuition.
The Board also will think about replacing the present 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 freeze to bus transportation already was approved at a January board of education meeting. The board also agreed to maintain its 50 percent sibling bus rider discount.
The district has not raised fees for transportation the last three years, said Jan Nimke, public relations assistant for Glenbrook High school district 225.
Fees for 2013-14, if approved, are to be:
Behind-the-wheel driver education, $350;
Towels - $10.50;
Instrument rental - $20/semester;
Materials/technology - $30;
Student parking stickers - $285/full year, $142/semester;
Credit card use - $2.50 per transaction;
Insufficient funds returns of checks - $30;
Pre-school tuition - $160/day;
Bus transportation - $675 before June 3 and $800 after June 1.