LS R-7 Board of Education approves reductions in several student fees for 2017-18

Changes include secondary activity fee, Chromebook fee and parking fees

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education approved reductions in several student fees at a May 18 meeting. The changes will take effect during the 2017-18 school year and impact the Chromebook fee, the middle- and high-school $10 programming and activity fee and the high-school student parking permit fee.

Based on the Board of Education’s decision, the following changes will begin in August 2017:

The $10 per student activity and programming fee previously paid by families at middle and high schools is being eliminated.

The student 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 are the result of a review by the district’s administrative team of existing student fees. The elimination of the $10 activity fee will result in a loss of approximately $86,320 in revenue for the 2017-18 school year.

The Chromebook and parking fees will not impact the district’s operating budget. Revenue generated from the reduced Chromebook fee should be sufficient to continue operating the district’s Connect2Learn one-to-one Chromebook initiative. Since the launch of Connect2Learn in August 2015, the district has regularly evaluated the program and fees, and this review resulted in the slight fee reduction this year. Lost revenue from the reduced parking fees will be made up through the R-7 Facility Services long-range asphalt and parking plan.