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Lisbon again waives studentsí school fees
June 28, 2013 · Jake Krob

For the third year in a row, the Lisbon School District will be waiving student fees for such items as book use, art and physical education.

Starting in 2011-12, the school board decided to eliminate those basic fees, given that the district has been in a strong financial position. The school board last week decided to continue the no-fees policy for this coming school year.

Band rental fees are charged. Superintendent Brad Laures recommended continuing band rental fees. If they were zero, he said, more families might be interested in using the school's instruments, and there might not be enough inventory. The rates for next year are the same as they have been for four years - $60 for a first instrument and $30 for a second instrument.

Board member Dave Prasil wondered if at some point in the future the school district will have to charge fees for book use and other items, particularly if plans for curriculum review result in investments in materials.

Laures recommended the school board discuss a financial "trigger" -†such as a specific budget issue like general fund cash on hand - that would determine if fees should be charged again.

Lunch fees for next school year will be going up 5 cents for kids, and 15 cents for adults. The new rates are: breakfast, $1.35; K-5 lunch, $2.30; 6-8 grades lunch, $2.35; 9-12 grades lunch, $2.40; and adults, $3.20.

The milk price, 30 cents this past school year, is tied to the cost the district pays based on bids received. That has not been determined yet.

Lunch fees are set based on federal guidelines. If the district's fees don't match the federal amount, the district can lose funding for free and reduced lunch programs. Laures reported that it's anticipated the federal rate will climb this coming year, so Lisbon raising rates now is a way to phase that increase in.

Activity passes are also the same as they have been for at least six years: $40 for students; $60 for adults; $130 to $150 for families (depending on family size); and free for seniors citizens (62 and older).

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