Parents and school board members met Tuesday to discuss starting to charge charging for classes and extra curricular activities. The school district is facing a $2 million deficit thanks to state budget cuts and the board is considering several ways to break even.
The board has proposed parents with students in first through fifth grades would pay $28 a year. Those with students in middle and high school would pay $15 a year. Additional fees could be charged as well, like $20 for a science lab, $40 to participate in the band, and $140 to play a sport.
Blaney Elementary School PTA President Robin Willoughby was surprised to hear of the proposed plan to charge for school.
"Public school should be free. I am not in favor of this," said Willoughby, mother of four Kershaw County students.
Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan says that even if the plan is approved it will only reduce the deficit by about $250,000.
The fee proposal is a work in progress. Public meetings on the budget will be scheduled, and the board will hear a formal budget proposal on March 30.