School board OKs new fees

District 51 school board members finalized 2011-12 student fee schedules Tuesday evening.

Twenty new fees will be introduced at the high school level next year, including fees for art class journals and orchestra at Central, a new online class fee at Fruita Monument High, and fees for student planners, ACT preparation classes and student ID card replacements at both of those schools.

Grand Junction High School will add a jazz band fee, a piano class fee and a fee for beginning acting class. Theater arts, art sketch book and athletic sticker fees will debut at Palisade High.

Fruita 8/9 School will have new fees for band camp, marching band shoes and gloves, and band uniform cleaning. The school will also ask students to pay the full cost of going on trips with choir or band.

Yearbook fees and some parking and class fees will increase for high school students, while fees for technology at Grand Junction High and band camp and a band trip at Central High will decrease this fall and bowling and the Work Keys fees at Central will disappear.

Student fees for athletics and extracurricular activities such as knowledge bowl and speech and debate will increase by $40 to $110, as proposed by district executives earlier this spring, and middle school athletic fees will increase by $20 to $50.

Yearbook and seventh-grade science lab fees will increase at Bookcliff Middle School and the school’s outdoor education and keyboarding fees will be eliminated. Orchard Mesa Middle School will take away a language arts fee but add a $15 swimming fee. Fruita Middle School will charge $9 to replace math workbooks, up from $1.50 this year.

New fees at Mount Garfield Middle School will include a $25 fee for show choir and a $3 lock fee for gym students who already have a uniforms.

The school also will increase the fee for sixth-grade science lab.

East Middle School students will have a new $10 fee for guitar rentals, while sixth-grade art fees will decrease from $6 to $5 and fees for journalism, media arts, and arts and crafts will disappear.

Sixteen elementary schools will see at least some changes in fees. Loma Elementary will introduce a $5 headphone fee for first- through fifth-grades, Wingate will eliminate its $200 fee for an annual trip to Denver for fourth-grade students, Rim Rock Elementary will begin charging a $5 bus fee for second-graders, and kindergartners at Orchard Avenue and Taylor elementary schools will have new supply fees.


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