GLENWOOD | The Brookwood School District 167 School Board voted to reinstate registration fees for students during a special meeting Wednesday.
The fee will be $120 for families that meet guidelines to pay, Superintendent Valorie Moore said. Families will receive $25 off the registration fee if they register early. A $25 late fee will also be charged.
The district has charged registration fees in the past but hasn't done so in recent memory. Brookwood is expected to run a deficit in each of the next five years.
"It's necessary for us, at this time as a school district, to help us close our deficit. We have to look at every angle when it comes to our finances," Moore said in April. "This is another area that we could actually tap into."
At the board's April 14 meeting, Moore said the fees could be used to help fund the district's one-to-one iPad program, which would give a group of students each an iPad for use with classwork.
The purchasing of iPads and iPad Airs for that program was also approved Wednesday.
The one-to-one iPad initiative will include 30 tablets leased for three years and shared between one grade level. That's slimmed down from it's original scope to lease 75 iPads per building for all four schools.
Students at Hickory Bend Elementary will serve as the pilot in the next school year and the program may expand in the future.
The board also approved a school energy grant for lighting and the replacement of asphalt in the parking lot of Hickory Bend Elementary School. Approval of a maintenance grant for roof repair was tabled.
Decisions on administrative contracts and teacher salary negotiations were also tabled.