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School Fees Likely to Hold Steady

District administrators proposed a $5 high-school fee increase but say other school fees should remain status quo due to families' financial hardships.

Greendale school fees would mostly hold steady next year, with the exception of a $5 increase in the high school fee, under a recommendation from school district administrators.

The district wants to keep the status quo because of the poor financial health of many families in the community, Director of Business Services Erin Green said in a report.

The average family income in Greendale has dipped to 2002 levels and the number of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch continues to increase, she said. About 30 percent of elementary students and 20 percent of students throughout the district are now eligible.

"It is clear that many families are struggling," Green said. "I have spoken with many families this year about fees and their inability to pay them, given the lack of employment in the Milwaukee economy. We will likely have to write off many of these fees due to inability to pay."

The proposed high school fee increase, from $80 to $85, is recommended to stay in line with comparable districts, Green said.

The Greendale School Board will approve a new fee structure when a preliminary budget is adopted in June.

Isabell February 15, 2013 at 01:07 AM
John Tharp and Ms. Green were for the student fee increase before they were against it! Everything Blogg sways the management group of the Greendale Public Schools. Now what about that new conference room John Tharp and Ms. Green? http://www.everythinggreendale.com/blog/?p=738
Juliet February 15, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Why did Green propose a fee increase and now I quote: "It is clear that many families are struggling," Green said. "I have spoken with many families this year about fees and their inability to pay them, given the lack of employment in the Milwaukee economy. We will likely have to write off many of these fees due to inability to pay." More evidence of lack credibility and poor planning/management. Good call: Tharp and Green were for it before they were against it. Even 2 pr employees can't stop this kind of foolish work. Also 3 board members are up for election and I wager they pulled some strings to keep the fees down after they got pushed back on it all.
Juliet February 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Why did John Tharp propose a fee increase to the school board and now they issue a report saying the district wants to keep the status quo on the school fees? What about the new conference room and 700,000 out of 1 million dollars spent on the district office that now needs an additional conference room of 20,000 to 50,000? Inquiring minds are wondering and voting for the challengers Weid-Vincent, Mevis and Dalkin. At least they will respond to questions from the people.
Juliet February 15, 2013 at 08:10 PM
Check out this Greendale Patch on Vincent Weid's facebook page. Cudos to this challenger for calling this to her supporter's attention. https://www.facebook.com/KathleenWiedVincent.Greendale
Richard Sheridan February 16, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Greendaler taxpayers should keep a sharp eye on John Tharp and management team's budgeting process. This school fee fiasco is a sign of bad planning and lack of attention to budgeting. The board president says John Tharp has met expectations. Shheez, the guy has been in this position for less than 1 year.
Amy Hermann February 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM
If you are concerned about the direction of or schools, please Vote Katie Mevis, Kathleen Wied-Vincent and Roger Mevis.

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