School district eliminates several student fees
When local families attend New School Year Kickoff events at their students' schools this month, they'll be in for a nice surprise.
The Crook County School District has eliminated some fees in hopes of lessening the financial burden for families while also encouraging students to participate in more activities.
The district has eliminated three fees for Crook County High School students.
They are no longer required to pay $5 for student body cards, nor will they need to add $20 for the ASB sticker, which in the past allowed students free admission to sporting events and discounts to other activities, such as dances. Students will still receive a student body card, and all students will receive the sticker at no charge.
School board members and administrators dropped these fees because they wanted to increase student participation and promote a sense of inclusion.
In recent years, the district has shouldered the cost for all sophomores to take the PSAT test but has charged students who opt to take the test as juniors. The $15 fee covered the cost of the preliminary standardized test. Now, the district will pay the fee for juniors who want to take the PSAT.
A few fees do remain for CCHS students in some extracurricular activities, such as sports, FFA, NJROTC and Drill Team. Seniors will need to chip in $20 for their graduation activities and senior trip. Optional yearbooks are $50, and AP tests are $83.
Crook County Middle School students will also face fewer fees this school year.
They no longer pay the $7.50 student body fee, which was used to cover the cost of student body cards, assemblies and student organizers. The district now prints the student handbook and organizer in-house, and the student body cards will be provided at no cost.
Families of sixth graders won't be charged the $80 to $100 for Outdoor School. A state grant now funds the annual program.
A few fees remain for CCMS students, such as sports participation, PE clothes and the optional $18 yearbook.
The district has eliminated the $5 elementary school assembly and activity fee that was used for guest speakers, family game night, concert attendance, field trips and treats. The district budget now provides for these costs.
Board members and administrators wanted this fee removed to reduce the burden on families and to save the secretaries some bookkeeping time.
All district students may opt to buy laptop insurance for $25.
Similar to last year, online student registration is underway. Registration opened Aug. 1 at ParentVUE online. Parents must log in to their ParentVUE account to complete registration for each student.
Alternative registration options are available for families without access to a computer or the internet, including paper forms and computers at school sites.
Once students are registered, families may attend New School Year Kickoff events at their students' schools. This is where families can pay fees, get help with registration, ask questions, bring in any necessary documents and forms, update contact information, and register for athletics. Middle and high school students will also get their class schedules during the New School Year Kickoff events.
Families with CCSD students should have received a postcard in the mail with dates and times of New School Year Kickoff events. The information is also posted on the Crook County School District Facebook page.
Students who are new to the local school district – including kindergartners who are not already registered – must attend New Student Registration. The district is hosting this new event, which is a centralized registration opportunity for all new students. It will be held at Crook County Middle School from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7 and Thursday, Aug. 8.
The new school year begins Tuesday, Sept. 3 for students in first through sixth grade and for freshman. Wednesday, Sept. 4 is the first day for students in seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Kindergartners have a staggered start schedule.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation. We look forward to a new school year that is full of potential.
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