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D65 fee collections exceeded budget

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Fees collected last year by Evanston/Skokie School District 65 exceeded budget by nearly a half-million dollars, according to a report scheduled for discussion tonight at a Finance Committee meeting.

In a memo to Superintendent Paul Goren from Kathy Zalewski, the district’s business manager, some $2.4 million was collected as of June 30, or about 124 percent of the $1.9 million budgeted.

Of the four fee categories—classroom activity, transportation, technology, and child care– only the transportation fee fell short of budget, by less than $11,000. While the district expected to collect $61,927 in that category, it actually netted only $51,026, or 82 percent of budget.

While collection of transportation fees continues to be “challenging,” Zalewski reported, “the Business Office has been working with the Transportation Department on developing a more efficient and fast process to assess and collect transportation fees.”

But the other categories did quite well, according to the report.

Some $686,357 of classroom activity fees was collected, compared to a budgeted $437,904, or 157 percent. Technology fees were budgeted at $82,431, but collections amounted to $130,499, or 158 percent. And child care fees that were budgeted at $1,355,297, actually yielded $1,534,327, or 113 percent.

The grand total of fees collected came to $2,402,209 vs. a budget of $1,937,559, according to the report.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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