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Twinsburg Schools Unveils Student Fees For Next School Year

Some fees increased and some decreased as school officials recalibrated them for next year

Twinsburg School officials unveiled the new student fees for the 2013-2014 school year.

Some fees increased and others went down. School officials said they have put in lots of effort to listen to parents and properly calibrate the fees.

"We really listened to what our parents said," said Superintendent Kathi Powers. "We made some adjustments and we took a hard look at where we can save money for our parents moving forward."

The current school year is the first one in which the district charged student pay-to-participate fees, which include academic fees paid by all students, course fees for AP and other middle and high school classes and pay to participate in athletics and clubs.

School officials anticipated making nearly $300,000 in revenue from student fees in the current school year. Powers said she will bring final numbers on how much is expected to be brought in at the next school board meeting.

Fees can be paid online through the Twinsburg Schools website, or by submitting a paper form.

A list of all the fees and the payment form are including in the PDF attached to the article.

Note: Not all fees included in the following charts. Click the PDF attached to see all fees, including course fees and all sports and activity fees.

ACADEMIC FEES

ACTIVITY 2013-14 FEE 2012-13 FEE Preschool  $75 $70 K-8 $80 $70 9-12 $50 $70

PAY-TO-PARTICIPATE FEES

ACTIVITY 2013-14 FEE 2012-13 FEE High School Football $210 $210 Middle School Football $85 $110 High-School Marching/Concert Band $25 $33 Soccer $125 $125 Golf $165 $126 Ice Hockey $195 $190 High-School Baseball $140 $120 Middle-School Baseball $105 $90 Bowling $125 $80 Academic Challenge $35 $52 Power of the Pen $60 $26/$16 Gymnastics $335 $360
Carl S May 03, 2013 at 10:35 AM
What is an academic fee?
Matt Bova May 03, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Fees = income. Plain and simple. Case in point - our son, who is in grade school, was elected to student council this past school year. We had to send in $3.00. It is my understanding that student council members raise and lower the flag each day...and perhaps a few other duties with no expenses. Again, fees = income. Plain and simple.
Maria May 03, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Of all things that should not have a fee associated with it - Student Council! These students are doing services for the school and the community and you make them pay to participate in it! Totally ridiculous! Pretty soon they're gonna make them pay for using the bathroom!
Scott Darpel May 03, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Isn't that good training for a life in American Politics? Show them how money makes the power? LOL!
Annie BK May 03, 2013 at 01:12 PM
What really stinks is that the schools institute these mandatory school fees, and not just the academic fees, but the course fees as well. I had to pay over $250 last year in fees and that does not include pay-to-play. The schools require the kids take certain classes to graduate and then charge a fee on top if it. Now, let's pass another levy!
Carl S May 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Seriously, what is an academic fee?
Carl S May 03, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Never mind, google is my friend. The $70.00 Academic Fee pays for consumable workbooks such as the Go Math Practice book, and for the Buckle Down series we use to prepare students for the Ohio Achievement Assessment. Additionally, calculated into the fee is technology usage such as Study Island and ProgressBook. A testing fee is also calculated as part of the Student Fee. This fee pays, in part, for such things as the IOWA test booklets and the scoring of the tests. The Student Fee also pays for the locks (if age appropriate), student handbooks/agendas, assemblies and class dues (as appropriate). At the preschool level, the Student Fee pays for the daily snacks the students enjoy.
Carl S May 03, 2013 at 04:43 PM
anyone have the website that lists all teacher/superintendents saleries? Theres one out there. WNIR radio was reading from it. Pretty incredible. Its public record, I dont know where to look.
Carl S May 03, 2013 at 04:53 PM
type in Twinsburg city. This do not include any benifits. Medical or retirement. Teachers go for a Masters Degree. You know why? Because they will make more,even when a Masters isnt needed. Its automatic up in pay. Lets face it. Algebra hasnt changed in 2000yrs. But if you have a Masters,your pay goes WAY up.. Anyway, want to know what any Twinsburg affiliate makes a year? http://www.tos.ohio.gov/teacher_salary
Annie BK May 03, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Oh no Carl S -- student handbooks/agendas and locks are an additional fee that is not part of the academic fee, or listed in the course fees. These are listed seperately and for all RBC and THS students. And -- you need one for your hall locker and one for your gym locker if you have phys ed
77buttons May 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Teachers are now required to earn a Master's degree within five years of earning their Bachelor's degree. It was a change that the Ohio Department of Education instituted about ten years ago. Teachers are also required to continually upgrade their licenses every five years.
Chet Mistur May 03, 2013 at 05:50 PM
You already did. The last levy passed and fees went up.The all "Power"full Kathi states some fees went up and some went down. Overall fees went up $84 across the board. Might have to think about open enrollment in another local top district school system without all the fees
Carl S May 03, 2013 at 08:48 PM
So is my info correct? The higher the degree, the higher the payscale? I hope I'm wrong. What does a geography teacher need to upgrade? Or History? History doesnt change. Current events do. As for the locks. I assume you cant bring your own,because the school couldnt get inside if need be? Can you keep the same locks year after year?
Lisa May 03, 2013 at 10:07 PM
The content doesn't change but the teaching methods do. That is what teachers are learning. In addition, teachers also need to be adept in using the technology that is constantly changing. Yes, history has remained the same as has math. However, other areas such as Science are constantly changing. We need to allow the people who are preparing our children for the world to be the best at what they do. Getting a Master's Degree is a method to facilitate this and they should be rewarded.
Carl S May 04, 2013 at 01:36 AM
I agree Lisa, BUT, as with any other job, there is a pay scale. And at some point if your there long enough you reach the top of the scale. Say a welder,auto maker,secretary,truck driver..... Seems as though teachers and school administrators dont have that? Its been on the evening news. All of us want the best for the kids, but geeze it seems to get way out of line. Check out some of the pay these people get. Then and in the "bennies". I just feel its not fair for the (homeowners and business's). If you rent, its all free. Am I out of line for thinking this,anyone? My job had a limit. Teachers dont. = not fair.

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