IL BOE: High school busing at stake in May levy request

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Indian Lake schools will cease high school busing in the event the district’s latest bid for new taxpayer dollars fails, board members revealed Monday at a regular meeting.

The policy would be effective in August, ahead of the 2014-2015 school year.

"Due to the impending financial emergency of the district, the board of education approved going to state minimum standards for busing in the event the May 6th renewal emergency operating levy fails," reads a resolution approved Monday by the school board.

Additionally, the board of education voted to institute a pay-to-participate fee regardless of whether the five-year, 7.2 mill levy request with an increase of $821,000 passes or not.

However, the difference is dramatic between what the participation fee is if the levy passes versus the cost if the levy fails.

Should voters agree to the levy on May 6, participation fees for co-curricular/extra curricular activities at the high school would be $40 for any one activity. Middle and elementary school participation fees would be $20.

If the levy fails, board members will install a participation fee of $220 for each activity at the high school, and $140 at the elementary and middle school.

In either case, a given student would be charged for no more than two activities. For example, if voters renew the levy, the highest participation fee a student would pay is $80.

The levy would generate a total of $2,878,500 for Indian Lake Schools.

Read more about the Indian Lake school board meeting in Tuesday's Examiner.