The Lenoir City Board of Education approved Thursday changes to class fees for Lenoir City High School for the 2019-20 school year.
While most will remain the same, honors veterinary science and agriculture science fees increased from $10 to $15, while agriculture mechanics and all health science classes increased from $20 to $25.
“(The fee) buys consumables mainly with those types of things just so that they can meet their curriculum needs in their class,” Chip Orr, LCHS principal said during a workshop in April. “There’s some chemicals and things that they need from time to time and they use that fee money for things the kids are using directly in class.
“None of the fees go to any administrative costs or things like that,” he added. “It’s directly used for things that the kids are going to use.”
Matthew Coleman asked for clarification at the workshop on whether students on free or reduced lunch would need to pay fees. Orr confirmed the fees are waived for those students.
“In your experience do you feel or have you felt the fees have kept anyone from being able to participate in any of these programs?” Coleman asked.
“I don’t think we have simply because the board has picked up that tab in the past,” Orr said. “You all have been doing that for a long time, long before I got here.”
About 19 percent of LCHS students are on free or reduced lunch, Orr said.
The fee schedule passed on a 3-1 vote, with Mitch Ledbetter against. Bobby Johnson Sr. was absent.
In other business, BOE members:
• Approved a photography bid for LCHS with McEachern’s Photography at a $35 sitting fee for senior portraits, which came in lower than the $75 fee offered by Lifetouch.
• Approved an HVAC maintenance bid from Cooks Mechanical Services in Knoxville at a cost of $175,000 per year for three years. The next lowest bid was $259,240.
• Approved a revision of LCBOE policy 4.600 on the grading system to meet state requirements.
• Appointed Rick Chadwick as board chairman for the 2019-20 school year. Glenn McNish was appointed vice chairman.
• Approved moving the June school board meeting to June 7.