D211 Board of Education Waives Student Fees for 2020-2021 School Year


           The Township High School District 211 Board of Education voted to waive the $170 instructional fee and $75 per semester student parking fee for the 2020-2021 school year at its July 16, 2020 meeting.  The move was directed to help families which have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

            In June, the Board of Education requested information on the possibility of waiving fees for the upcoming school year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In a report presented to the Board, District Superintendent Dr. Lisa Small noted that approximately one-third of the students within the District currently have fees waived due to qualifying for the free and reduced lunch program.  The report added that a portion of those waived fees are recovered through federal Title I funding.

            The report estimated that waiving the 2020-2021 school year fees would total approximately $1.6 million.  It further noted that the District would offset the financial impact as it ended the 2019-2020 school year with a $4.5 million budget surplus that was largely a result of school closures and expenditure reductions during the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year due to the pandemic.  The complete report is available on the District’s website.