Alpine School Board getting pressure over expensive school fees

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COVID-19 has made it difficult for some Utah County parents to pay for the school fees that are required for students to attend basic classes like gym, art and drama — particularly when families have multiple children in public schools simultaneously.

The Alpine District School Board has recently been fielding comments about the challenges parents are facing with many still struggling after the coronavirus upended a lot of household budgets. Fees for extracurricular activities like clubs, camps, overnight field trips and sports or cheerleading can total thousands of dollars yearly per student.

“The purpose of this public comment period was to listen to our public as we’ve received many comments on school fees,” said assistant superintendent Rob Smith.

The school board is required to provide two opportunities for public hearings before making any decisions. The board meeting on March 9 was the first opportunity for people to share their opinion; the second opportunity will happen on Tuesday, March 23.

“I would note that the school fees in Utah is not a new thing. This has been something that has taken place for many, many years and is an important part of the financing of our schools and school programs,” Smith said.

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