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District 161 Board Meeting Roundup: Keeping Fees the Same

The board approved maintaining school registration fees at their current levels for the 2011-12 year.

Here are the details of what the Summit Hill School District 161 approved at Wednesday night's school board meeting:

The request: Approval of school registration fees for the 2011-12 school year. 

What it means: The approval would hold fees at their current levels, which are:

  • $125 for half-day kindergarten
  • $150 for full-day kindergarten through eighth grade
  • $25 late fee per child

Any comments by the board or public? Board member Joy Murphy asked if the board would consider lowering the late fee as a way to accommodate low-income families with multiple children registering in the district because they might be unable to pay all the fees at once.

Superintendent Keith Pain said the district already had mechanisms in place to help out families with financial hardships and that lowering the late fee would require the board to rework all the registration fees.

"We've done everything we can to try to discern the difference between those who can and those who can't afford to pay the fees," Pain said.

How did it pass? Unanimously. 

In related news: Kindergarten registration is under way for the district, and Superintendent Pain said 171 students are currently registered with 53 applications in the system but not completed. 

Ready for Change March 23, 2011 at 09:51 PM
Does anyone know if the current board established the position of Director of Human Resources? This salary is outrageous! $112,750 (salary): $1,127 ( bonus): and $11,815 ( to TRS for pension). Surely some one could do that job for half and what's left over could pay for a teacher. From what I hear the district ran fine without this position.... That position is paid more than the Principals of any of the schools get paid????? I'm sure Ms. Rains is a wonderful woman this is not about her, just the cost of the position. Is it necessary to educate our children?
tim gaffney March 27, 2011 at 01:03 AM
this is the battle,bottom line.the admin salaries keep going up but the teachers and nurses keep getting cut. so what is up 4 to3 school board? is it the fact you keep voting for cuts on teachers and feathering your own beds. I know we can, and we will change the face of the school board. Look at the mess of mokena school system they are in the same crisis.we are going to avoid all that by voting april 5 for George Perros And Stacey Borgens.
need a change March 30, 2011 at 08:02 PM
I just have a few comments. I would like to address the people that are voting for the three incumbents. I have talked to a couple of people who are voting for them. The reasons they gave me was he is a friend of mine and I have worked with him before on issues in this area. The thing that bothered me about this was they had children that were not in the Summit Hill School District any longer and really didn't know any of the issues that were being talked about in this Patch article. Now I understand you stand by your friends but when it has to do with my children I don't think they are being fair. How can you vote for someone when you really don't know what they are doing in that job. Also I do understand that you don't feel these issues are important to you because your children don't attend this district anymore but overcrowded classrooms and a portion of a Board in the YES mode will eventually affect the resale value when you decide to move. If you are going to vote for someone please look into what issues they have voted for and if their interest is really in the children or just to have a position of power. I ask everyone to please look into what Stacey Borgens stands for you will see she is for the whole district, Children, Staff and administration. If you read about her and still don't like what she stands for then vote for who you want but at least read what sh can do for our children
informed March 30, 2011 at 08:21 PM
Vote: Tuesday, April 5th BOTTOM UP! Stacey BORGENS, Dave FABER, George PERROS
informed April 13, 2011 at 06:05 PM
Ready for Change --- You forgot to add in the $15,000 for family health insurance so she is worth $140,000! Every administrator in the district receives salary, bonus, TRS and health insurance...plus any other perks!

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