By DUANE NOLLEN
The Oskaloosa Herald
The Oskaloosa School Board approved the 2013-2014 Student Fees at its meeting Tuesday night after much debate on student parking fees.
Superintendent Russ Reiter proposed lowering the student parking fee for this upcoming school year from $25 to $20. The money is used to purchase security cameras for the parking lot.
Board members Charlie Comfort and Tom Richardson voiced their opposition to the parking fee. Comfort thought the fee “gouges” students.
A proposal was made to lower the fee to $15, but board members Laurie Fiscella and Susan Boxler favored the $20 fee.
In the end, the board approved student fees to include the $20 parking fee with a 4-3 vote. Comfort, Richardson and Nik Rule voted against the measure.
In other action, the School Board approved the 2013-2014 school calendar. The school year will begin on Aug. 20 and end on May 23. Instead of a traditional long spring break, the new calendar has two four-day breaks that run from March 20 to 24 and April 18 to 21.
The School Board also unanimously approved a new statistics course and remedial math courses for the high school. The board also approved a Pheasants Forever chapter trip to Minneapolis, Minn., for a convention on Feb. 17.
The School Board also heard a progress report on the Construction Trades class home. Instructor David Bower said the construction project is going well with the students preparing to hang sheet rock soon. The new house will be 1,580 square feet and have three bedrooms and two bathrooms.
“We’ll vary the style a little,” Bower said. “Just to have a different look than the look we had last year.”
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