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Oswego

SD308 board to hold public hearing over raising driver's ed fee

The SD308 Board of Education will preside at next Monday's public forum beginning at 7 p.m. in the community room at Oswego East High School.
The SD308 Board of Education will preside at next Monday's public forum beginning at 7 p.m. in the community room at Oswego East High School.

The SD308 Board of Education will hold a public forum next Monday, Jan. 8, at Oswego East High School to consider a proposal to increase the district’s driver’s education fee from $250 to $400 effective for the 2018-19 school year.

District administrators have proposed the fee hike to offset a projected $3 million deficit for the 2018-19 school year. District officials are currently seeking to make between $8 million and $10 million in budget cuts.

Administrators have estimated that increasing the driver’s education fee from $250 to $400 per student would generate approximately $139,800 in additional revenue annually for the district.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearing to provide the board with their input on whether or not to raise the fee.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. in the community room at OEHS. At the hearing, the board will vote to either grant or deny the proposed application for a waiver renewal pursuant to 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25(g) of the Illinois School Code.

The district’s Finance and Operations Advisory Committee will meet the following day in Room 61 at the district’s offices in East View at 6 p.m. The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Barnes Performing Arts Center at Oswego High School.

The committee meeting is open to the public.

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