Dear Parents and Guardians,
Last year, the Board of Trustees suspended basic school fees for the 2016-17 school year. Basic fees include textbook rental, learning resources, print, technology, library or general fees. The pilot project helped lessen the pressures families were experiencing with the downturn in the economy. The District and schooloperating budgets were used to make up the $3.5 million shortfall.
The impact of the loss of revenue at the school level was challenging, and it was determined that it is not sustainable to suspend basic school fees long term. At the January 24, 2017 Public Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees voted to reinstate the collection of school fees using the guidelines set forth in the proposed Administrative Policy and Regulation 130 - Publicly Funded Basic Education and Additional Fees commencing September 1, 2017.
Recognizing the continued financial concerns of all families, a new school fee structure was developed that has more consistency and clarity, and which puts less of a financial burden on families than our previous model.
Supplemental Educational Fees have been set for each level and will be in effect as of September, 2017. They are as follows: Kindergarten-$35, Grades 1 to 6-$65, Grades 7 to 9-$80, and Grades 10 to 12-$150 (not including a refundable $90 Caution Fee). These fees offset the cost of mandatory, non-curricular or co-curricular activities and resources that enhance the educational experience.
Schools may also charge complementary course fees, as well as individual user fees for specialized pieces of equipment or resources, field trips, and for activities or resources that are optional for the student. Academy fees will be charged on a strictly cost-recovery basis.
Our school’s fees will be discussed at a School Advisory Council prior to May 31 each year.