To preserve the effective use of course fees and eliminate unnecessary purchases for programs, administration will audit the current course and program budget in the upcoming weeks.
“I’m not doing an investigation, I am just auditing the accounts because I am a former bank auditor and when there’s money and I’m in charge of it, I’m always going to audit it,” Principal Donna Levy said. “I’m just trying to see what the course fees are for and why they are the amounts they are. Do they need to be lower or do they need to be higher?”
Through her own initiative, Levy proposed the audit and will personally conduct the evaluation by discussing the resources and purchases with the program leaders.
“Having an accounting background and a degree in accounting, I was always going to take a deeper dive into the money to try to figure out what is going on [with the fees],” Levy said. “The fees are hard for some people to manage. They’re a lot of money so let’s make sure we’re getting things we absolutely need.”
Based on the expenses to support a program of a particular industry, course fees differ from each other to facilitate students’ education and achieve curriculum standards.
“The budget probably does need to be audited to see which program really needs the money due to expenses and operating the students’ projects,” Automotive Technologies instructor Mr. Danny McElroy said. “Some projects are more expensive than others so I would agree with the audit and making sure they’re appropriate.”
In addition to course fees, the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funds programs through federal and local resources, supporting the infrastructure and equipment. After receiving Perkins Basic State Grant funds, states are obligated to distribute at least 85 percent to local schools.
“The stuff I order supports my curriculum so if I have something to do with modeling and 3D, I’ll buy Filament,” Graphic Design and Animation instructor Mrs. Maureen Clark said. “All the materials are consumed by the students, and the only thing I would like to add to the [course] fee is the certification fee because it’s hard to pay for it.”
Although program leaders decide which resources and equipment to purchase for their program, they must adhere to the curriculum and fulfill its requirements.
“I do have a curriculum to follow, but I sit all summer long trying to think of new things to engage the kids and make it fun,” Dental Assisting program leader Dr. Michael Georges said. “That’s what dictates what I decide to buy for the program.”
As an incentive to compel students to pay their fees, Clark County School District (CCSD) permits administration to withhold diplomas of graduating seniors and prohibit them from walking during the graduation ceremony if they fail to pay outstanding dues.
“As a senior, I’m trying to get all my fees paid early so I don’t have to worry about them in the spring,” senior Eric Lei said. “It would be unfortunate if I couldn’t attend the ceremony with my friends and peers.”