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updated: 3/8/2013 12:23 PM

District 214 discusses fee hikes, vote likely in two weeks

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  • Rented textbooks are part of what's covered by District 214's registration fees.

       Rented textbooks are part of what's covered by District 214's registration fees.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
 

Student fees may be going up in Northwest Suburban High School District 214.

On Thursday, the District 214 school board discussed a plan to raise student fees incrementally through 2016.

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But based on that discussion, the recommendation board members vote on in two weeks may look somewhat different, district spokeswoman Venetia Miles said Friday.

According to board documents, the district did a survey in January to examine student registration fees at surrounding and similar districts -- and found that District 214 fees are less than many others.

For the 2012-2013 school year, registration in District 214 was $425 per student, or $400 if paid before July 31.

Registration fees include textbook rentals, instructional materials, digital learning, school calendars, one physical education shirt per year, one P.E. lock, a pass to regular season home activities and a subscription to the school newspaper.

Under the proposed changes discussed Thursday, the registration fee if paid by July 30, 2013, would be $450; for 2014-15, $475; for 2015-16, $500.

Staff is also recommending raising the athletic/co-curricular participation fee to $60 in 2013-2014, $70 in 2014-2015 and $80 in 2015-2016. This year the activity fee is $50 per student.

Students pay one fee to participate in an unlimited number of athletics and activities each school year, though certain co-curricular activities may have additional fees.

The costs of P.E. shirts and of bus transportation for students who don't qualify for free busing because they live less than 1.5 miles from school could also see slight increases.

Students that have been approved for fee waivers would not pay any of these costs.

Daily Herald staff writer Eric Peterson contributed to this report.

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