CEDAR LAKE | They have remained mum about the details, but Hanover officials acknowledged some families are in arrears in textbook fee payments.
Business Manager Dana Bogathy declined at a recent meeting to estimate how many Hanover parents are not paid up on their children’s textbook fees.
However, she said the district has a collection process in place to obtain unpaid fees and that some families are in collections.
The fees were discussed during a special School Board meeting Aug. 28 regarding budget numbers.
Board Secretary Mary Pat Burkel asked if it was true that 1 in 4 families is in arrears. Bogathy said it wasn’t possible for her come up with a percentage or a number with regard textbook fee collections.
Hanover lowered its textbook fees last year and has among the lowest prices in the region, she said.
Board President Julie Moeller said students may be penalized if fees go unpaid.
For example, they are not allowed to partake in some school activities. Last year a middle school student was not allowed to go to a dance because his parents had not paid the fees.