Student parking fees, others will increase in the fall

The Chester field County School Board voted to double the amount students pay in parking fees. Currently high school students pay a fee of $25 to buy a parking pass to park in the student lot for the school year. The Chesterfield County School Board, last week, voted to double the fee to $50 a year beginning in September, although it was part of the budget vote in January. According to Sean Smith with Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) community relations, the increase was voted on twice to conform with state law.

Thomas Dale High School has about 400 spaces for students. The revenue currently collected is approximately $10,000. The school will double its revenue for parking fees generating about $20,000 a year.  

But the fees are not only restricted to Thomas Dale, all Chesterfield high school students who drive to school and use the school’s parking will also be charged the fee. The fees will be added to the CCPS general fund with a small amount to pay for the decals that must be displayed on the student’s vehicle.

Two fees, at the middle school level, were inadvertently omitted for the current school year. The fee will be effective for the 2012-13 school year. Students who take a guitar or world music class would have to pay a $5 fee.

A request to add a fee of $80 for a Nutrition and Wellness class being offered at the high school level for the 2012-2013 school year was approved.

A fee and charge for a new course being offered at the Chesterfield Technical Center for the 2012-2013 school year, Computer Systems Technology, would be assessed an additional a fee of $50 and a charge of $39.

The Chesterfield Technical Center would also increase fees beginning next school year for three courses to reflect the actual cost of items, supplies, services or materials made available to students at cost:

Electricity — from $50 to $75

HVAC — from $50 to $75

Plumbing and Pipefitting — from $50 to $75

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