When Hays parents enroll their students for public school next week, they likely will notice a reduction in fees.
The Hays USD 489 Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to reduce the district-wide workbook and material fee from $135 to $90 per student. The district was able to make the change due to an increase in state funding approved by the Kansas Legislature earlier this summer.
“This is one of our goals. This has been our objective,” School board member Luke Oborny said. “This is something we’ve been striving to work for. I know I’m very happy to be able to vote on this.”
The school board had set a goal to begin reducing student fees when the state provided more funding. The new base state aid per pupil will be raised to just higher than $4,000 for next school year, increasing overall funding.
Kindergarten enrollment fees also have been eliminated for the coming year.
“Hopefully we can continue to chip away the fees and get them down even further in coming years,” board president Lance Bickle said.
The enrollment process will be different this year, as the district is hosting one central location for all schools. Enrollment will be Aug. 1 to 3 at the Hays High School cafeteria, 2300 E. 13th.
Students in grades kindergarten to eighth can enroll from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 2; or 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3.
Hays High School students can be enrolled at the following times:
• Seniors, 7 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 1;
• Juniors, 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 1;
• Sophomores, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 2;
• Freshmen, 2:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 2.
Families unable to enroll their high school students at the specified times also can enroll students from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 3.
District officials said the intention was to simplify the process for many families, who might have children at several different schools and previously had to visit each school individually.
Online enrollment also is available starting Monday at usd489.com. Fees can be paid online but a surcharge will be added if a card is used to finalize payment. Families that enroll online also can pay with cash or check during the centralized enrollment times.
New students are encouraged to enroll in person.