While Big Walnut Local School District Board of Education members during last Thursday evening’s board meeting voted to place a $133.9 million bond issue on the November ballot, they did trim costs for many high school students and all full-day kindergarten students.
Grades 9 through 12 now have a $100 flat fee that covers most courses; and full-day kindergarten tuition has been reduced from $275 per month to $225 per month.
District superintendent Angie Pollock said in the past some students avoided taking classes they were interested in and would find value in because of high lab and/or material fees.
“We didn’t want kids not to take classes because the fees were too high,” said Pollock. “The new $100 flat fee for the high school includes a $20 tech fee. I think this new flat fee will be a lot more affordable for our families.”
Some fees are not included in the high school’s $100 flat fee. The district’s 13 AP courses will still have a $92 per course test fee; and there are fees for FFA dues and activities, FCS dues and activities, band and choir uniforms and activities, senior class dues, and student parking permits.
Preschool tuition, typical peers, is $165 per month; the annual preschool through grade 8 fee is $55.
Athletic pay to participate fees will be $150 per sport at the high school, with a $300 family cap. The Big Walnut Middle School athletic fee per sport is $75, with a $150 family cap. High School swim team members will pay an additional $100 facility fee, in addition to the family cap.
District treasurer Terri Eyerman-Day reminded everyone that families qualifying for free lunch status also have other school fees waived; those with reduced lunch status pay only 50 percent of any other school fee – academic and athletic.
Eyerman-Day encouraged families to check the food service page on the school district website to see if they qualify for free or reduced lunch status. She said the process is confidential, and the district receives Title I dollars based on the number of families that qualify for lunch assistance.
For additional information about free and reduced lunches go to the school district website at bigwalnut.k12.oh.us, at the top of the home page click District, on the drop-down menu click Food Service, on the Food Service page click Free and Reduced Q & A.
Pollock also noted that The Eagle Examiner, the district’s newsletter that will be mailed to every home in the school district, would hit the street August 3.
“It will have back-to-school information,” Pollock said. “The cost will be $2,200 per issue to print and mail to every home in the district.”
The newsletter, modeled on a similar newsletter Buckeye Valley has published for the past two years, will also have editions mailed out in October, in January, and at the close of the school year.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093