April 14, 2018
As a parent
myself, I can attest to the overwhelming nature of new school year supply
lists. Depending on the school district
and specific classes, parents can spend hundreds of dollars on new school
supplies every year.
As part of our school district strategic plan, a committee was formed to investigate school fees/school supplies here at Cloverleaf. Currently, elementary school fees are $40/student and parents have to purchase class supply list items. Middle school is $50/student with the same requirement to purchase class supplies. Although our high school students don’t have a per-student fee, each course a student enrolls in has a specific fee associated with the course that adds up to far more than the $40 or $50 fee paid by parents of younger students.
strategic planning committee approached the school board with two possible
recommendations for class fees. The board chose an option that will eliminate
the need for parents to purchase individual school supplies for
elementary/middle students and lower the average fees paid by high school
students starting in the 2018-19 school year.
Elementary School -- Students will be charged the same $40 flat
fee. However, all school supplies needed for instruction will be provided for
students on their first day of class. Other than bookbags and incidentals, no
shopping for crayons, markers, glue, or any other such supplies will need to
Middle School -- Students will be charged a $40 flat fee (down
from $50 this year). Like the elementary school, students will receive any
needed school supplies the first day of class, minus a bookbag and incidentals.
High School -- Students will be charged a $60 flat fee, a $10 graduation fee, $15 consumable fee, and a $5 lock fee. Students no longer will be charged a fee for every class they take at the high school. In the past, these fees have ranged from $3 for Intro. to Journalism to $50 for team sports.
The hope for
the board is that these lowered fees will make it easier on our parents by not
expecting them to spend considerable amounts of time and money shopping for
school supplies. Additionally, due to the buying power of the district
purchasing the supplies in quantity, we will be able to purchase the necessary
supplies for a considerably smaller price than parents. The new fee structure
represents a projected $66,000 in additional costs to Cloverleaf, but the
district feels it is a worthy expenditure on behalf of our students and
share more information with you about this new school supply procedure in the
upcoming months leading up to the 2018-19 school year.
Until next time … Go Colts!