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June 25, 2013

Goshen School Board approves textbook rental fees

GOSHEN — The Goshen School Board approved the textbook rental fees at the middle school level Monday night.

The changes for 2013-2014 at Goshen Middle School include fees associated with a new text/series for English and Language for grades six through eight, said Tamra Ummel, executive director.

Sixth-graders will have a total of $46.77 for the new English and Language text/series, a difference of $21.50 from  the 2012-2013 school year. Seventh-graders will pay $27.91 and eighth-graders will pay $29.39.

“The costs associated with individual courses that are specific and/or unique to individual students may include courses such as Read 180 (a developmental reading course), art, choir and band,” Ummel said.

Students will have a fee of $5 for Read 180 ear buds and a $3 participation fee for band, choir and orchestra in all three grades.

“The fee for the new course, Digital Media, has been added for $6,” Ummel said.

A proposed total of $167.38 has been approved for rent, consumables and fees for sixth-grade, an increase of $44.88 from last year. Students in grade seven will pay $35.57 more than they did last year, which was $156.50 and the eighth-graders will see an increase of $41.28 for a total of $188.28.

Jerry Hawkins, coordinator of business affairs, told the board members about appropriation reductions for Capital Projects Fund and Transportation Fund due to the tax cap impact on these funds. The reductions for transportation operations totaled $499,174 which included service area, vehicle operation and vehicle maintenance. The Capital Projects totaled $918,237.

“We also have the possible need to use some Rainy Day Funds only if it becomes necessary,” Hawkins said.

The major budget classifications for the Local Day Funds include systems operations, service area, vehicle operation, vehicle servicing and construction services for a total of $1,410,000, he added.

A hearing will be held at the next school board meeting for taxpayers with questions about the additional appropriations and reductions. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Administration Center, 613 E. Purl St., Goshen.

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