Fees on the rise in Carroll schools

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Meal prices will increase across the board this fall

By Sara Blankenship

HILLSVILLE – Parents can start planning for the 2016-2017 school year as student fees for activities and meals were approved at the May meeting of the Carroll County School Board.

Students and parents will be looking at an increase in meal prices across the board.

In accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which requires that the average paid lunch price be adjusted annually, an increase of $0.05 has been implemented for the 2016-2017 school year. According to Tammy Quesenberry, the school system’s finance manager, school divisions that charge less than $2.78 for paid lunches were required to adjust the rate by inflation factors that are adjusted annually. The law caps the required price increase at $0.10 in any given year.

For the upcoming school year, student breakfast will be $1.05 for full price in grades K-8 and $2.05 for full price in grades 9-12, and will remain at $0.30 for reduced breakfast. Student lunches will be $1.90 for full price in K-8, $2.05 for full price in 9-12 and will remain at $0.40 for reduced price. Adult meals will increase to $1.60 for breakfast and $2.65 for lunch.

The school board also approved student fees for activities and classes for grades 6-12 and the consumable fee for all schools. All schools will require a $5 consumable fee for each student. Consumable materials are considered workbooks, writing books, drawing books fine arts materials or supplies. However, those materials must be provided to students who are unable to afford them at a reduced price or free of charge.

Students who chose to participate in band, marching band, chorus, art and other elective classes are required to pay fees that relate to the programs. Other skills related classes such as cosmetology, nursing lab, building trades and pre-engineering require fees, as well.

Students are also required to pay an $85 fee to participate in the behind-the-wheel portion of driver’s education and an optional $10 parking permit fee is required for CCHS students who are able to drive to school.