USD 418 textbook fees going up; student lunch prices, class fees holding firm

By Chris Swick
June 23, 2015

Textbook rental fees for USD 418 will be going up slightly this coming school year, though lunch prices and classroom fees are staying static for students.

McPherson Superintendent Dr. Randy Watson told the Board of Education Monday that the administration is seeking a $5 increase in textbook rental fees, pointing out that consumable textbooks are highly expensive.

“And right now, by the amount of money we're spending on consumables, it's making it extremely difficult to save up enough money, even over a two-year cycle, to purchase language arts, math, et cetra,” Watson said. “Because those are now a quarter of a million to $300,000 adoptions.”

The board accepted the proposal to increase the textbook rental fees from $75 to $80 in the 2015-2016 school year.

Lunch prices, meanwhile, will be holding steady for the most part. The only increase will be for the adult lunches, which are going up $.05 to $3.45. Elementary lunches remain at $2.65, the middle school at $2.75 and the high school at $2.85.

As for classroom fees at the middle school and high school, the only changes were cosmetic in nature.

“We've taken and deleted some items that simply aren't course offerings any more,” Watson said. “Or they changed names, like weight training is now SPS. So we've just noted that. But there's no change in the dollar amounts.”

Both the lunch prices and classroom fees for the coming school year were accepted unanimously.