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D-12 keeps registration fees level

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – Lunch rates will be the only fee increased at Johnsburg’s schools. The District 12 school board voted to increase the cost of student lunches by 10 cents and adult lunches by 30 cents at its meeting last week.

The rest of the district’s fees, including for registration, sports, activities and parking, will stay the same.

School board members and administrators decided to freeze fees because residents are having a “difficult time with the economy and we want to try to help our families any way we can,” Superintendent Dan Johnson said.

That’s why fees have, for the most part, been kept the same for the past several years. Although there were some exceptions: The driver’s education fee was dramatically increased last year to $125 from $50 to bring it more in line with the county average, and the technology fee was raised by $3 for the 2009-10 school year.

This year’s exception, school lunches, brings the district up to the baseline set in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The federal law, which directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture to overhaul its nutrition guidelines for schools, also increased its reimbursement rates to district. Districts must charge more than the reimbursement rate.

Johnson wasn’t sure where the district was compared with how much other districts were charging.

“Because we haven’t looked at it, we haven’t done a comprehensive study,” he said.

Cary School District 26 also kept its registration fees level when it voted in December, except for a $5 increase for sixth-graders to bring it in line with the seventh- and eighth-grade registration rates.

District 26 will charge $218 for those grades for the 2013-14 school year in comparison with District 12, which charges $143 for sixth-graders and $117 for seventh- and eight-graders. District 300 charges $125 for middle school students. Its board also decided to keep its registration fees level.

That fee includes the registration, technology and agenda fees. The sixth-grade rate also includes the gym uniform and lock.

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