NEW LENOX – The Lincoln-Way District 210 board approved increasing student fees for the next school year to cover testing and ongoing expenses.
The board unanimously approved Thursday for the cost of registration to be at $300, about $75 more than what was proposed; the driver education fee to remain at $250; parking at $125; and cap, gown and diploma fees at $21.
Superintendent Scott Tingley said the costs for registration increased because the technology fee was combined with it.
The fee schedule also will include an early bird discount if paid before June 15.
In comparison to Lincoln-Way, Plainfield School District 210 charges $210 for registration, $200 for driver education, $130 for athletic and activity and $90 for student parking.
District 230 charges $225 for registration, $75 for technology, $150 for driver education, $50 for student parking and $20 for cap, gown and diploma.
Activity and athletic fees
The board discussed having fees for athletic and activity participation. The item was tabled for further research by the district.
Tingley said the fees have not been implemented at the district before, but they would be considered as a possible means to cover costs associated with sports and activities, such as salaries, maintenance and equipment.
Board Vice President Christine Glatz said she “struggled” with charging a fee for activities because she preferred that students and parents raise funds. But board member Joe Kirkeeng said the “money would have to come from somewhere,” especially with the uncertainty of state funding.
Board member Christopher Lucchetti said the board would need more information on the extent of fundraising for activities and sports before considering charging fees for them.