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Class fees raised in Perrysburg Schools

Class fees have been raised for next year in Perrysburg Schools, with one school board member questioning the charges for required courses.

The school passed the fees, but board member Walt Edinger was the lone dissenter.

"My concern is a public school charging for required courses," he said.

Approved fees for elementary school are $16 for kindergartners, $33 for first grade through third grades, and $38 for fourth and fifth grades. At the junior high, sixth grader fees are $51 (up $9 from last year), seventh grader fees are $35, and eighth graders fees on required classes are $33 (up $10 from last year). There are other fees for elective classes. 

The high school fees vary from $2 for math classes to $65 for Spanish IV classes. Parking passes are still $25, student athletic passes went up by $5 to $75, and yearbooks will be $65.

Most board members said they preferred raising class fees, even for required courses, so as not to further burden financially taxpayers with no students in school. The fees produce about $150,000 in revenue each year, officials said.

Kadee Anstadt, the schools executive director of teaching and learning, said that, without the fees, teachers might use their own money to pay for some of the classroom expenses, which would not be fair to them.

Alumni have told Perrysburg High School Principal Michael Short that the workbooks purchased with the fee money are used sometimes as a reference by the students when they take related college courses.

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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