Red Deer Public Schools will further reduce school fees paid by families for the 2017/18 school year after the Board amending its budget at the end of June.
While the provincial government has provided support totalling $780,000 to reduce school fees, it did not eliminate all fees. The Board of Trustees agreed to go further in reducing the burden on families by eliminating more fees that will cost the District an additional $300,000 next year. In doing so, the District amended its 2017/18 budget by incurring a $300,000 deficit. Prior to the change, Red Deer Public had submitted a balanced budget.
In making the change, Red Deer Public is offsetting the costs of optional fees not covered by the province. The Board wanted reduce barriers to ensure all students have access to option courses.
While the move will ensure families do not pay fees for regular instructional materials and resources, it is important to note that there will still be some fees charged to students as noted in the following table.
|GRADES||FEES CHARGED FOR|
|K to 5||
|6 to 8||
|9 to 12||