School fee changes approved

Lisa Depies

For some parents, school registration fees will increase slightly for the 2009-10 school year. Yet, for other parents — particularly those with students who participate in extracurricular activities — the cost will decrease.

The Geneseo School Board unanimously approved a change to the school fees rate charged by the district at its March 12 meeting.

The board approved increasing the kindergarten registration free from $50 to $60. The increase will bring the fees in line with the $60 charged for students in first through fifth grades, said Geneseo superintendent Scott Kuffel. The initial lower kindergarten fee is a hold-over from when the district offered half-day kindergarten, he explained.

At the middle school, registration fees will remain at $70.

Students enrolling at Geneseo High School will be charged $90, up $10 from last fall.

The board also approved a flat $25 activity rate for middle and high school students.

Previously, the district charged students per-activity, with a family cap set at $100.

The new structure will eliminate the family cap. Board members previously said they doubted there are many families in the district who would have more than four children in middle or high school at any one time, and thus ever be charged more than $100 in activity fees.

The flat $25 activity rate will allow district officials to collect the funds at registration.

“Our collection rate is much higher when parents can pay everything in the fall,” explained Kuffel.

Additional fees will still remain for select activities, such as fees for driver’s education or insurance for football players.

At the March 12 meeting, board members also:

• Approved not renewing the employment of two part-time certified and two full-time certified staff members. Each employee was honorably dismissed, said Kuffel.

• Heard a presentation from Joe DePauw on the district’s approach to homeless students.

• Approved replacing approximately 600 lockers in the boys’ locker rooms at Geneseo High School.

• Learned the district will receive new social studies textbooks at the middle school and high school.