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VVSD Board Approves Student Fees for Next Two Years

The biggest changes include fees for the new all-day kindergarten program and the combination of graduation, registration fees for middle school and high school.

After signing off on all-day kindergarten, the new middle school Odyssey intervention program and the reduction in force of first- through fourth-year teachers and support staff, the Valley View School District Board of Education had one more matter to tend to in preparing for the upcoming school year.

The board voted to approve school fees for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, including fees for the brand-new all-day kindergarten program, which was also given the OK on Monday.

The new fees combine registration, graduation, band/P.E. locks and co-curricular non-athletic activities fees for middle schoolers and bundle graduation and P.E./band lock fees into the high school registration fee.

A 20 percent late charge for parents who fail to register their students the deadline will remain in place, Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Service Gary Grizaffi said.

Early childhood

For early childhood students, the registration fee will jump $10 next year and another $5 for the 2013-14 school year.

Early childhood Current 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Book Fee $30 $30 $30 Registration Fee $10 $20 $25 Total: $40 $50 $55

Kindergarten

Half-day kindergarten book fees are slated to drop by $5 for 2012-13, but registration fees will increase by $65. The fees are scheduled to remain flat for 2013-14. 

Half-Day Kindergarten Current 2011-2012 2012-13 2013-14 Book Fee $30 $25 $25 Registration Fee $10 $75 $75 Total: $40 $100 $100

 

Full-Day Kindergarten Current 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Paid in full by 1st day of school $200 $200 On deferred payment plan $225 $225 Waiver eligible students - paid in full by 1st day of school $175 $175 Waiver eligible students - on deferred payment plan $200 $200

Elementary

Elementary school registration fees will increase by $20 next year, then by another $10 for 2013-14.

Grades 1-5 Current 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Book Fee $40 $40 $40 Registration fee $10 $30 $40 Total: $50 $70 $80

Middle school

For middle schoolers, the combined registration fee — including graduation fees, P.E./band lock fees and non-athletic participation fees — represents a $5 decrease for 2013-15. The fees will rise by $15 the following year, however.

Fees for sports will increase from the current rate of $20 to $40 per sport for 2012-13, with a maximum fee of $100 charged per student. That fee is scheduled to increase by another $10 for 2013-14, while the maximum will increase to $125 per student.

Middle School Current 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Book Fee $65 $65 $65 Registration Fee $35 $65 $80 Graduation Fee $20 (Part of registration fee) (Part of registration fee) P.E./Band Lock $5 (Part of registration fee) (Part of registration fee) Co-Curriculuar Non-Athletic Participation Fee $10 (Part of registration fee) (Part of registration fee) Co-Curricular Athletic Participation Fee $20 $40 $50 Additional/Replacement P.E./Band Lock $5 $5 $5 Band Fee - Uniform Rental/Cleaning $25 $35 $35 Band Fee - Instrument Rental $50 $50 $50 Summer Band $35 $40 $40

High school

Book fees are slated to remain steady for high school students through 2014, but the new schedule increases the combined registration/student ID/graduate fee/class fee by $10 for 2012-13. It will rise another $30 by 2013-14.

Driver’s education fees will also increase by $50 for next school year, while student parking permits will cost an additional $15. With the board signing off on program cuts for driver's education, the fee for 2013-14 is yet to be determined.

Non-athletic participation fees will cost $10 more in 2012-13, rising by another $10 for 2013-14.

For athletes, students fees are set at $100 per sport, a $40 increase for next school year. The maximum athletic participation fee per student is set at $250 for 2012-13 and $300 for 2013-14.

High School/STEP Current 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Book Fee $75 $75 $75 Registration Fee $65 $115 $145 Student ID Fee $5 (Part of registration fee) (Part of registration fee) Class Fee $5 (Part of registration fee) (Part of registration fee) Graduation Fee (excludes cap/gown) $30 (Part of registration fee) (Part of registration fee) Driver Education Fee $150 $200 Student Parking Permit $60 $75 $100 Co-Curricular Non-Athletic Participation Fee $30 $40 $50 Co-Curriculuar Athletic Participation Fee $60 $100 $125 Additional/Replacement P.E./Band Lock $5 $5 $5 Band Fee - Uniform Rental/Cleaning $30 $40 $40 Band Fee  $50 $50 $50
my opinion April 21, 2012 at 01:59 AM
And perhaps they aren't in a state that is $ 60 billion in debt. Maybe their state doesn't owe their district $ 8,000,000. Our state constitution says that the state is suppose to pay 51% of the cost of education. Don't think they are paying their share, certainly not 51%.
Reez April 21, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I agree Mom of 2. I work full time and wholeheartedly agree that a 2 1/2 hour day barely allows the children to get acclimated, much less be valuable learning time. My kid's preschool classes were just as long if not longer! In this day and age, children are socialized earlier and are ready to attend school for the whole day. Who wouldn't rather spend money to have our kids be getting a school curriculum rather than pay twice or three times as much to be babysat for half a day?
Reez April 21, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I agree with Beth, it is optional and you cant automatically offer this type of service without a way to fund it - more teachers needed, more classrooms, etc. Plus, just do some homework. Any district around us that offers all day kindergarten have the same fees. It's nothing out of the ordinary. If you don't like the fee, then just stay in half day kindergarten.
Kristie April 21, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Why is the 1/2 day Kindergarten fee more than the other elementary fees?
my opinion April 26, 2012 at 03:07 AM
It becomes our business when people make the choice to buy what they want and expect us the tax payers (via the government) to buy what they need. When someone isn't pulling their weight because of poor choices and the wrong priorities then the public gets perturbed.

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