by Mary Parrilli
KANEVILLE—Kaneland School Board members on Monday discussed the student fee structure for the 2013-14 school year.
Dr. Julie-Ann Fuchs, assistant superintendent for business, presented to the board the recent discussions and recommendations from the Finance Advisory Committee (FAC).
“The FAC has been very active on these issues, and has spent a lot of time in review,” she said. “I wanted to inform the board of their hard work.”
The FAC determined that Kaneland school fees are at an acceptable amount and should remain the same for next year. The board then voted unanimously to approve the fees for the 2013-14 school year.
Currently, middle and high school students are allowed to pay for extra-curricular and parking fees before paying their registration fees. The FAC has recommended a requirement for students to pay for their registration fees first, in line with the philosophy of “education first.” The board brought up a number of concerns they had with this type of change, ultimately deciding against it. School Board President Cheryl Krauspe and trustee Gale Pavlak agreed that it would add unnecessary accounting issues, and would cause more paperwork for the administration.
Although general fees have not increased, the school hot lunch prices are set to go up by $.10 for students and adults. The district must comply with federal guidelines, since it is a participant in the National School Lunch Program, and Kaneland’s lunch prices are under that of the federally set level.