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D-156 considers installment plan for fees

McHENRY – School District 156 officials are considering an installment plan for students and families to pay their registration fees beginning next school year.

The school board also on Tuesday night approved a bid for physical education uniforms.

Last year, the school board raised the general student and technology fee to $250 a student from $225 at both the East and West campuses of McHenry Community High School.

Robert Glascott, a member of the school board who sits on the finance committee, said the committee is looking into an installment payment plan to help families with financial hardships.

The district requires the general registration fees to be paid off before allowing a student to participate in extracurricular activities, such as athletics and school dances.

The school district’s finance committee will discuss ways to modify the registration fee structure so that students can participate in extracurricular school programs without having to pay their fees in a lump sum.

The district also will be selling gym uniforms, which are mandatory for students in physical education.

Students still can wear the older designated uniforms as long as they are in good condition for gym class.

“The district is trying to phase that in,” Director of Finance Jeff Ehardt said.

Earlier this year, the district had sought bids for new P.E. uniforms. Six bids came in, with Sport Decals of Spring Grove submitting the lowest bid – $11,938.

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the school board approved Ehardt’s recommendation to award the bid to Sport Decals.

The board has yet to decide on the price of the new outfits, but Ehardt said he expects the cost to be “$20 or under.”

That cost, however, is separate from the general student registration fee.

A new $35 extracurricular fee also was added for students who participate in clubs to help offset the cost of running the programs.

The next school board meeting is scheduled 7:30 p.m. April 3 at 4716 West Crystal Lake Road in McHenry.

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