Interesting that you should be asking. We will be discussing this at our
Secondary Articulation meeting on Tuesday. In my 7-9 Junior High, right
now, I charge $10 for a semester Computer Class and $5 for a quarter
Computer Arts class. This pays for printer cartridges, photo quality paper,
brochure paper, and the CD-ROM's that I give each kid as their exit
portfolio. The art department has a similar fee structure, except for Art
Ceramics, which I can't remember, but think it's $25.
With a new principal who enforces the 'letter of the law' it is becoming
stickier about spending lab fee money on 'non-consumables.'
I offer 10 points of extra credit to kids who pay their lab fee on time.
Actually, if they pay it at all, whenever, I give them extra credit. I just
make a big deal out of the On Time aspect so that the money comes in at once
for my book-keeping purposes. For kids that can't pay, I just have them
tell me that privately and I excuse them. My school has a "Helping Hands"
fund for kids who can't afford field trip fees and lab fees. I've never
bothered to tap into that to recover art fees.
Alix E. Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
From: Larry Seiler [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2003 7:03 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: What about ART fees?
Curious, with our district facing a $300,000 budget cut for this next year,
talk of layoffs and so on...I'm curious what your experiences are with art
fees. Especially from those that perhaps initiated it, thus the students
and community having no prior recollection of having had such. No doubt my
supply budget is going to be dealt a healthy punch.
How much are your fees, and collected when? What kind of problems if any,
or flack did you get at first?