CHICAGO (CBS) — Some local school districts have been ramping up efforts to collect long overdue student fees that have added up into hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In West Aurora School District 129, Assistant Superintendent Angie Smith says about 5,000 current or former students owe anywhere from a couple of dollars to hundreds of dollars in overdue school fees.
She said about 1,000 those students owe the bulk of the $1 million in overdue fees that have accumulated over the past couple of years.
The fees are for everything from student registration to field trips to lost IDs.
So, starting in the fall, action will be taken against students who haven’t paid or received financial waivers.
“We can’t, obviously, withhold educational services for students for not paying fees, but the extras – the athletics, the prom, parking permits, things like that – we were letting those happen, even though there were fees that were due to us; and this will give people a reason why they need to stay current on their fees,” Smith said.