by Megan Jones, Editor-in-Chief
All District 214 students will face fee increases in the 2013-14 school year as the school registration fee increases by $30, and student activity fees will be raised $15 each year for the next three years.
According to Jim Perkins, school board president, the change is brought on as federal and state budgets are being cut, which make up 10 percent of the district’s budget.
“We are trying not to make any effects on the classroom because of our budget. We have great partners that are helping us cover technology costs, and it helps that we’ve eliminated information processing because it tied up the staff who had to teach that class,” Perkins said. “We cannot rely on State funding anymore. If we want to maintain our programs, we’re going to need to make sure we find other sources of revenue.”
The fees were approved at a District board meeting on March 21.
This brings next year’s registration fee, which covers the cost of textbook rentals, physical education shirts and instructional materials, to $455 per student.
The student activity fee will be raised from $50 to $65 next year and allows students to participate in as many sports or activities as desired.
A benefit to the new registration process is that each student’s fee will be frozen for the duration of their high school career. The fee a student pays as a freshman is the same fee they will pay as a senior. This allows families to prepare in advance.
According to Perkins, Governor Pat Quinn’s current budget plan, which has not been approved yet, cuts $1.5 million from education.
“We don’t want to cut our expenses. We are all going to feel some pain,” Perkins said.
If registration fees are paid before July 31 of each year, the fee will be discounted $25.