DIETERICH — Parents can expect to see some higher costs at Dieterich schools in the next school year.
Dieterich Superintendent Carrie Jackson said one of the more notable changes in fees will be noticeable in school breakfasts and lunches. Prices for lunch will increase slightly, going up to $2 for students from Kindergarten to sixth grade and $2.15 for seventh through twelfth grade. Jackson said those changes will be used to pay for state mandated changes to what fruit items would need to be purchased.
“It’s requirements from the state and federal level,” he said. “Basically, what has happened is it’s a new fruit requirement that we have so we’ll have to purchase additional fruit and use this to make up for that. It’s a modest increase.’”
Other changes will also be coming. The cost of driver’s education, health services, and activity fees will be increasing next year. One of the more dramatic changes is the district’s dual credit practical software class, which will increase by 100 percent from $40 to $80. Jackson said this is due to the increase in the cost of the software used in the class.
One place students and families will see lower costs is when picking up tickets at the game. Student tickets at athletic events will be decreasing in cost from $3 to $2. Jackson said that price is to encourage more attendance at sporting events.
“We wanted to encourage more students to come out to ball games and give families more of a break,” he said. “We try to encourage them to come out and enjoy the games.”
The district is also looking to improve technology throughout schools. Jackson said the district will be getting 45 computers with most of them being used to upgrade to Windows 7, after Microsoft recently announced the end of support for the Windows XP operating system, which was still being used throughout the schools.
Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter @EDNJAdams.