By Cole Parkinson
Horizon School Board has made a couple changes to their submitted fee schedule in regard to school trips and extracurricular activities.
During the board’s regular meeting on Nov. 28, they discussed some of the changes schools were hoping to make to their fee schedules.
“Every year we have to submit a fee schedule to the province itemizing fees we charge for options classes for travel and extracurricular activities. We have to adhere to that schedule, the province has opened it up to us to amend those schedules quarterly so if there is a change in plans we can submit an application to get permission to add or change some fees,” said Phil Johansen, associate superintendent of finance and operations.
Schools looking to make changes were Vauxhall Elementary, Horizon MAP, ACE Place, Arden T. Litt, Erle Rivers, Lomond, Taber Mennonite, Vauxhall High, W.R. Myers and Warner School.
“We handed out some fees at a couple of different schools, so Vauxhall Elementary School is hoping to charge $20 to take the Grade 6 class to the World Curling Championships in March. Horizon MAP already had their ski trip on their schedule but they have reaccessed how much it is going to cost to go, so they would like to amend their fee to $50 with a rental and $40 without a rental. L.T. Westlake also contacted me yesterday wanting to amend their ski trip fee,” added Johansen.
L.T. Westlake asked for changes to be $55 for the full package, $38 for only a lift and lesson or $3 for a helmet rental.
In terms of their high school aged student-requested changes, they revolved around each school’s ‘experience week’ which estimated a cost of anywhere between $0 to $150.
“Basically, high schools have what is called’ experience weeks’ listed. The ‘experience week’ is a part of the high school redesign initiative. What they do is take a week out of school and set aside time for connecting kids with some sort of mentor or allowing students to go to a campus such as Lethbridge College or Mount Royal University. It is to get an out of classroom experience. The fee for that could be anywhere from zero to $150, just depending on the experience the student chooses,” stated Johansen.
The board voted unanimously to approve the amendments.