School fees?

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Pub­lic school n.

1. An el­e­men­tary or sec­ondary school in the United States sup­ported by pub­lic funds and pro­vid­ing free ed­u­ca­tion for chil­dren of a com­mu­nity or dis­trict.

This past week we ran a story about fees be­ing charged to stu­dents at our pub­lic high schools.

We are baf­fled by the fact that stu­dents go­ing to a pub­lic high school, paid for by com­mu­nity taxes, have to pay a fee to park their cars in the schools’ park­ing lots.

When the schools were built and park­ing was planned for stu­dents, wasn’t that in­cluded in the over­all cost of the school? Why do par­ents/stu­dents have to pay to go to a so­called free pub­lic high school? We get that there is prob­a­bly not enough space for ev­ery stu­dent driver to have their own spot, but should stu­dents have to pay $40 ev­ery year for a park­ing spot or should that fee be in­cluded in what par­ents al­ready pay through taxes? (To note, other school sys­tems around the metro area charge up­wards of $100 for a park­ing spot, but still.)

The other fee is for the prom. Why does the school have to be in charge of col­lect­ing this? Shouldn’t the stu­dents who want to have the prom be re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing the money from those who wish to go? What about those New­ton High School kids who don’t want to go to prom but have to pay for other to do so through their all-in­clu­sive $100 fee?

This was the prac­tice in the good ole days; it seems to us it is high time we bring some of those days back.

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