Wake County school board members insist they're being serious when they float ideas such as charging fees for students to play sports, ride the school bus or go off campus for lunch.
As noted in today's article, school board members at Wednesday's finance committee meeting said it's time to talk about the unthinkable to help deal with the budget crunch. Board members who were present Wednesday were preparing for the public backlash.
“These are clearly things – riding the bus and athletics – we expect to be free and provided by our school system,” said school board member Keith Sutton, chairman of the finance committee. “But in a tight time such as is this, is this something worthy of considering? Is this something that the public is willing to pay to save teachers’ jobs?”
In case you haven't seen it, Wake County school board member John Tedesco has posted a comment on the proposed fees, calling them "ridiculous."
"In these hard times the answer is not institutionalizing new fees for families and establishing new stigmas for children," Tedesco said.
His alternative suggestions include reducing the number of area superintendents and assistant principals. He's also suggesting looking at restructuring administrative operations and transportation.
Tedesco is also suggesting looking at establishing a formal foundation to get contributions. It's an idea that was also discussed earlier this year by school board member Keith Sutton, chairman of the finance committee.