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School fees increase

July 29, 2011

Superintendent Keith Horner

School fees for most elementary grades in the Wapakoneta City Schools are increasing this year.
For kindergarten, the $39 fee marks a $4 increase, for first grade the fee decreased by $10 to $59, the second grade fee increased $5 to $70, the third grade fee increased by $7 to $70, and the fourth-grade fee increased by $19 to $52.
“They are changing,” Superintendent Keith Horner said of the fees approved unanimously by members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education this week.
He said Wapakoneta Middle School fees are $40 each for fifth- and sixth-grades and $50 for seventh-grade.
High school fees vary depending on a student’s class schedule.
Horner described changes in fees at both of those levels as being “not dramatic.” He noted that 40 percent of the district’s population is exempt from paying the fees due to household incomes. Those receiving free lunch are not required to pay anything toward the fees.
“For the fees, we go through and itemize things, consumable items, workbooks,” Horner said. “We are not charging all that we are permitted to charge for the fees. We are trying to be somewhat sensitive.”
An itemized list of what was included in the fees was not available.
While parents may be seeing an increase in prices for academics, they are not expected to see one for meals for the 2011-12 school year.
Lunch and breakfast prices also were approved this week for the school year and remain the same as last school year.
Breakfast for elementary students if $1.20, $1.45 for middle school students, and $1.55 for high school students. Reduced breakfast prices are 30 cents.
Lunch is $2.35 for elementary students, $2.50 for middle school students, and $2.60 for high school students. Reduced lunch prices are 40 cents.
Adults are to pay $3 for lunch.
In other business, board members approved:
• Bus routes and walking area for the 2011-12 school year with no major changes. Full routing information is available from the district’s transportation office.
• Donations of $1,000 from Eagles Lodge 691 Game Fund for the new tennis courts and $500 from FDIS Central Ohio for credit card machines, which could be moved between locations and used as needed to accept payments.
• Continued membership in the Southwestern Ohio Education Purchasing Council for the 2011-12 school year at a cost of more than $1,524 to be paid 90 percent from cafeteria funds and 10 percent from the general fund.
• Continued participation in the Northwest Ohio Area Computer Service Cooperative for the 2011-12 school year.
• Payment in lieu of transportation for a student to attend Findlay City Schools, for hearing impaired instruction. With transportation by the district determined impractical, payment is to be made to the parent at the approved IRS rate for 100 miles round trip based on the student’s attendance record and verification.
In personnel matters, board members approved:
• Supplemental contracts for Ross Kanter as varsity girls soccer coach for more than $2,260, Abby Snider and Christy Steinke as half-time assistant girls soccer coaches for more than $1,475, Derek Dunlap for assistant football at more than $2,950, Bo Frye and Jason Johnson for half-time assistant football coaches at more than $1,475, Bill Sammons for assistant football at more than $3,925, Marc Dyrness as varsity assistant boys basketball for approximately $4,600, Tom Moyer for assistant boys basketball at more than $3,925, Aaron Stiger for assistant boys basketball at more than $2,950, Mark Koch and Ken Wayman for middle school boys basketball at more than $2,950, Ted Adkins, volunteer ninth-grade basketball, and Brandon Steinke, volunteer boys basketball assistant.
• Amend supplemental contract to hire Betsy Ruppert for middle school volleyball at more than $2,550 instead of volleyball assistant.
• Resignations of Bob Askins and Jason Cross from their supplemental positions as assistant football coaches at the high school.
• Employment of Zachery Durnell as a substitute teacher for the 2011-12 school year pending satisfactory completion of criminal records checks.

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