Weigh in on 9-R student fees tonight

Durango School District 9-R will host the annual Budget Work Session from 5 to 7 p.m. today in the auditorium at Miller Middle School. Community members are invited to join and provide ideas and comment about the 2012-13 budget.

Of particular interest are fees charged to 9-R students by schools. As noted in a Durango Herald article (Feb. 7), student fees for everything from registration to parking to sports “have flown under the radar without going through a formal vetting process” by the school board. It’s a practice that is contrary to Colorado law. In some instances there has been no proper accounting for fees collected from students and how they have been spent.

Credit should be given to interim Superintendent Bill Esterbrook and his staff for finally bringing these issues before the public. Community input matters. Please attend this meeting to learn about student fees and other financial issues that affect our community and schools.

A draft proposal regarding fees, required purchases and financial penalties charged to 9-R students has been submitted to 9-R and is posted at www.DurangoNotebook.com. Your comments are welcome.

Jack Turner