We’ve become accustomed to inexorable cost increases for just about everything except computers and smart phones, but the Lee’s Summit School District is cutting some of its prices to families.
When it met on May 18, the Board of Education approved reductions in several student fees for the 2017-18 school year. These changes will begin in August:
• The $10-per-student activity and programming fee at the middle and high schools is being eliminated.
• The Chromebook fee will drop from $30 to $25 per student.
• The parking fee for high-school students will be reduced from $25 to $10 per year.
The changes resulted from a review of student fees by the district’s administrative team. The elimination of the $10 activity fee will result in a loss of approximately $86,320 in revenue for the upcoming school year.
The Chromebook and parking fees will not affect the district’s operating budget.
Revenue generated from the reduced Chromebook fee should be enough for the district to continue its Connect2Learn one-to-one Chromebook initiative. Since the launch of Connect2Learn in August 2015, the district has regularly evaluated the program and fees. Lost revenue from the reduced parking fees will be made up through the R-7 Facility Services long-range asphalt and parking plan.