District 26 to vote on student fee level

CARY – District 26 plans to keep registration fees the same for the upcoming school year, under a proposal from district administrators.

The fees, which are scheduled to be voted on by the school board Monday, would remain flat for the fourth consecutive year if approved.

Based on current enrollment projections, the district expects to bring in about $365,000, after factoring in fee waivers for students on free or reduced lunch, according to a staff memo written by Jeffrey Schubert, director of finance and operations.

For this school year, District 26 budgeted to spend more than $1 million on textbooks, supplies, materials and technology students use every school day, according to district documents.

“It is important to note that registration fees are not a means for the district to generate revenue or ‘make money’ on its students,” Schubert wrote. “They are a method of recouping consumable costs the district incurs.”

He added that money collected from fees only covers a portion of those consumable costs.

“Registration fees are not a means to resolve revenue shortages,” Schubert wrote.

For residents who have financial hardships, the district has a formal fee waiver process. Residents who don’t qualify for fee waivers may set up a payment plan with the district, Schubert wrote.

The board also is scheduled to vote on a purchase for its technology plan.

The plan includes 20 SMART Board bundles, 150 iPads, six projector bundles and four student response systems, said board member Scott Coffey. 

Each SMART bundle includes a projector, a laptop computer, speakers, a document camera and an interactive whiteboard.

“There’s a tremendous demand from our teachers,” Coffey said. “Especially with a new math curriculum, it really leverages the uses of the SMART Board technology.”

The student response systems provide instant feedback on whether a lesson was comprehended by students in a class and allows the teacher to identify which students may need extra help in specific areas of a lesson before continuing on to a new topic, according to district documents.

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