LS R-7 Board of Education approves reductions in several student fees for 2017-18

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Changes include secondary activity fee, Chromebook fee and parking fees

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved reductions in several student fees at a May 18 meeting. The changes will take effect during the 2017-18 school year and impact the Chromebook fee, the middle- and high-school $10 programming and activity fee and the high-school student parking permit fee.

Based on the Board of Education’s decision, the following changes will begin in August 2017:

  • The $10 per student activity and programming fee previously paid by families at middle and high schools is being eliminated.
  • The student Chromebook replace/repair fee will drop from $30 to $25 per student.
  • The parking fee for high-school students will be reduced from $25 to $10 per year.

The changes are the result of a review by the district’s administrative team of existing student fees. The elimination of the $10 activity fee will result in a loss of approximately $86,320 in revenue for the 2017-18 school year.

The Chromebook and parking fees will not impact the district’s operating budget. Revenue generated from the reduced Chromebook replace/repair fee should be sufficient to continue operating the district’s Connect2Learn one-to-one Chromebook initiative. Since the launch of Connect2Learn in August 2015, the district has regularly evaluated the damage costs and associated fees, and this review resulted in the slight replace/repair fee reduction this year. Lost revenue from the reduced parking fees will be made up through the R-7 Facility Services long-range asphalt and parking plan.

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