CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwest suburban parents who fall behind in paying school fees and fines may soon be getting a call from a collection agency.
School District 214 is owed just over $300,000 by parents who haven’t paid.
That number was $32,000 two years ago.
According to the Daily Herald, the jump in unpaid registration fees and fines–from things like overdue library books–has prompted school officials to change policy and open the door for the use of a state collection program that would go after delinquent debt.
District 214, which serves high school students in communities like Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove and Des Plaines, plans to crack down on student privileges-like parking or prom–for unpaid fees or fines.
Administrators say unpaid fees and fines can be blamed on the economy along with parents who don’t pay on principle.
No matter what the reason, the district says the lack of revenue has an impact.
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