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The Lancaster County School District may soon charge some students a fee to attend summer school as a way to make up for budget shortfalls.
The matter was discussed at the school board’s Feb. 17 meeting.
Carolyn Jordan, the district’s executive director of instructional services, said her office is looking at assessing a $25 fee for middle school students who need instruction during the summer.
High school students are now the only ones in the district who have to pay out of pocket for courses. Fees for other students are absorbed by the state, Jordan said.
But due to budget cuts, that may no longer be an option.
Jordan will make a recommendation for the board to vote on at its March meeting.
If passed, the fee would cover a student for multiple courses he or she would need to take during the summer. No price has been set yet.
“We’re exploring ways we can make our dollars go as far as they can,” Jordan said.
Also on Feb. 17, the board unanimously passed mid-year budget revisions that are highlighted by sharp cuts in state funding.
According to the revision, the district has lost more than $1.5 million in state money for 2008-09.
To make up for the loss, the district has frozen a number of teacher positions and other openings. Not filling the openings has saved more than $770,000, said finance director Tony Walker.
Various benefits associated with those positions trimmed more than $641,000 off the budget.
A reduction in leave pay and the use of substitute teachers saved an extra $110,000.
Other cuts include $56,700 that was designated for maintenance and $41,532 is special funds targeted for Discovery School, the district’s only charter school.
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at email@example.com or at (803) 283-1152