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June 26, 2019

5/23/2019 3:30:00 PM
Fee increases approved for Chisago Lakes District next year

Facing funding shortfalls, the Chisago Lakes School District board knew there were going to be changes made, and the plans had been  to increase fees for lunch, sports and parking.

At the Thursday, May 16 school board meeting, those increases were brought to the board for approval after being unveiled at the April meeting.

Lunch prices saw an increase across the board, except for milk, which held at 50 cents.
Here are the increases:
Breakfast (Elem. & Sec.)
$1.65 to $1.70
Elementary Lunch
$2.40 to $2.50
Secondary Lunch
$2.65 to $2.75
Adult Breakfast
$2.20 to $2.25
Adult Lunch
$4.00 to $4.25

Director of Business Services Doug Hasler worked with Food Service Director Kathy Burrill on the increase, with Hasler saying, “Our food service fund is self supporting and receives revenue support from paid meals charged to students and staff and state and federal reimbursement. Over the course of the fiscal year, expenditures are up 3.1 percent and revenues are down three percent.”

Hasler did note that at  the new Lakeside Elementary School they’ll have to increase staffing in order to serve the larger student population.

For parking, the fee will be  increased from $100 per year to $125 per year, which still puts the district less than most surrounding schools. North Branch charges $135 per year, Forest Lake charges $175 per semester, and Cambridge-Isanti is at $125 per year.   This is the first parking fee increase in over 10 years for the district.

On the activities front, high school hockey will see the biggest increase. For the past 10 years, the fee has been $285, and that will now increase to $350. The current Mississippi 8 Conference average is $305.

For the rest of Wildcat high school athletics, they’ll increase from $185 to $205, in line with the M8C average of $201.

For the middle school activities that remain, the fee will jump from $110 to $125, again close to the average of the rest of the conference of $121.
For middle school fine arts,  fee goes from $55 to $75, and at the high school level, the fees go from $90 to $120. Both are $5 under the M8C average, even with the increases.

The family cap is also eliminated. Under the prior fee schedule, for every three activities a family paid for in a year, they received a free activity. That is no longer the case as there will be no cap.

Student activity passes also are increasing from $30 to $35 and adult punch passes for 10 contests are going from $40 to $50.

The Chisago City Fireman’s Relief Fund donated $500 to the schools.

Enrollment is staying fairly steady with a gain of three students in May, but down six students total from the beginning of the year.

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