Fees just a part of returning to school

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

For some students, high school is right around the corner, while others started Friday, and with that comes notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, binders and fees.

Frankfort, Franklin County and Western Hills high schools charge their students various fees which vary depending on the classes students choose.

The fees include such items as textbook, technology, library, locker and lock, and parking.

Western Hills Principal Chrissy Jones said the textbook rental fee is $8 per book for a school year and $4 for half a year. There's a $5 parking fee, the cost of the permit, and $4 for the student's agenda book or planner.

"Other than those, we don't really have any fees," she said. "We have instructional supply money allocated to us from the board of education. This money is used to help keep fees down. We feel anything that is instructionally focused should be provided by the school."

WHHS doesn't have a sports fee and the uniforms are provided.

"The money we make from the gate at our home games helps us," Jones said. "The board provides transportation for athletes to and from games." She said students will have to purchase the school supplies their teachers request, but they don't require the purchase of calculators.

"We try to have classroom sets (of calculators) available, but we do encourage students to purchase a calculator if they plan to pursue math further," she said.

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