CALUMET CITY | The Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 board approved student fees for the upcoming academic year, with Superintendent Creg Williams saying he was pleased the fees will not increase.
The fees approved by the school board without opposition for the 2014-15 year are $125 for textbook rentals, or $100 if paid during scheduled book pick-up periods. All students will be charged a $150 general curriculum fee, and seniors are charged a $25 graduation fee.
“This is the fourth year we have had no increase,” Williams said, following the school board’s vote Tuesday.
The school board also gave its support to the upcoming school year calendar, while also adding days to the current school year to make up for cancellations due to severe winter weather.
The current school year, which was to conclude at the end of May, will now end on June 5. Graduation for T.F. North High School will be May 22, with T.F. South High School seniors scheduled for May 21.
The vote to approve the change was made Tuesday, even though it typically would have needed to be reviewed by the school board for a full month. School board President Richard Dust said there was insufficient time between now and the end of the school year for the usual process to be followed.
The 2014-15 academic year will begin Aug. 20, and is scheduled to run through June 9. Officials say it will consist of 175 pupil attendance days, and also has five emergency snow days and three approved institute days.
In other business, the school board awarded a contract to John Kasperek Co., Inc., paying the firm $24,850 to perform an audit on the school district’s finances for the year ending June 30.
Officials also approved a change in policy for students who participate in state or national tournaments that require them to stay in another city overnight. Those students will now be entitled to $20 per day for meals.
They also voted to alter policies concerning adults who volunteer their services at the high schools, to say they may be recommended by the school principals or assistant superintendents. Previously, they were required to be recommended by those officials.