School Fees - Parent Information
Foothills School Division would like to inform you of Bill 1. You can review the letter from the Alberta Minister of Education on our website. This Bill was introduced by Education Minister, The Honourable David Eggen on March 2, 2017. If passed, Bill 1 will remove many fees previously charged by public school authorities. This represents approximately $450,000 within Foothills School Division.
The government’s stated intent of this legislation is to regulate school fees and to eliminate school boards’ ability to charge parents fees for instructional supplies or materials, and fees for eligible students taking the bus to their designated school.
If proclaimed, parents will no longer be responsible for paying these fees effective the 2017/18 school year.
Foothills School Division is committed to ensuring high levels of learning and quality educational experiences for all our students through this proposed transition. At this point in time we have been provided no information on how to ensure this loss of supplementary income gathered through instructional fees can be sustained in future budgets. Nor do we have specific information about what exact fees may be effected by this change from Alberta Education.
We are looking learning more about this proposed legislation and its effect in the coming days and in the provincial budget which will be released March 16.
In the interim, we encourage parents to participate in their School Council meetings. School Councils are an excellent way for you to get involved in your child’s education. Every FSD school has an elected school council. Your school council is an important forum for advising the Principal and the Board on a variety of issues and activities relating to student achievement, curriculum goals and priorities, school budget priorities, school safety, renovation plans, after school activities, and more.
Christine Pretty, Board Chair