High school student fees won’t rise for upcoming school year, D.215 superintendent says

2013-03-26T21:50:00Z High school student fees won’t rise for upcoming school year, D.215 superintendent saysGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 26, 2013 9:50 pm  • 

CALUMET CITY | The fees charged to students of the Thornton Fractional high schools for various programs will not be increased for the upcoming school year.

The Board of Education voted without opposition Tuesday for a series of fees for the 2013-14 academic year — all of which will remain the same as they are for the current school year.

District 215 Superintendent Creg Williams said he thinks that is an achievement the high schools in Calumet City and Lansing deserve credit for.

“Even in these times of dire financial circumstances, we’re not asking for any increase in student fees,” Williams said.

The fees approved by the School Board are $125 for textbook rental, a $150 general and curriculum fee, $250 for driver education, $100 for credit recovery tuition, a senior graduation fee of $25, summer school tuition at $125 per credit and a student lunch fee of $2.75 per meal.

Under certain circumstances, those fees can be waived for students who come from low-income families.

Also Tuesday, the School Board approved a calendar for the 2013-14 academic year — calling for classes to begin Aug. 20 and to end June 6, 2014. The academic year will be 185 school days.

Graduation ceremonies for T.F. South High School in Lansing will be May 21, 2014, while ceremonies for T.F. North High School in Calumet City will be May 22, 2014.

Also Tuesday, Williams made a point of announcing that T.F. North and T.F. South high schools, along with the Thornton Fractional Center for Academics and Technology, all received certificates of recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education.

Williams said the certification means all the campuses in the Thornton Fractional high school district are operating at the highest levels expected by the state.

“We don’t usually give much credence to this, but it is an accomplishment that we have achieved,” Williams said.

School Board officials also rescheduled their meeting for the month of April from April 23 to April 30. School Board President Richard Dust said that will allow the restructuring meeting at which newly elected board members from the April 9 elections will be sworn in and then the regular school business meeting will be held.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the center, 1605 Wentworth Ave.

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