Consequences to ensue for students with unpaid course fees

Senior Akane Haight reports to the banker in the A building after school on Sept. 16 to pay her course fee for hospitality. She felt relieved for paying by the deadline, which is Sept. 18. "My hospitality teacher reminds us everyday to pay our dues. It helped me remember," Haight said.
Photo Credit: Althea Gevero

In order to prevent funding deficiencies in course spendings, administration will withhold students’ rights to participate in extracurricular activities and program areas until their course fees are paid.

“Student fees go directly back towards the students so they can have a proper educational experience. We use the funds to purchase automotive equipment and resources such as tools, parts and servicing programs,” Automotive Technologies instructor Mr. Randall Raha said.

Because of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, federal and local resources fund the infrastructure and resources of the programs, including teacher salaries and operating expenses.

“Without course fees, the activities in classes and program areas would be limited because the school cannot sustain all of the expenses,” Dean Sherrae Nelson said.

The supplementary income generated from student course fees allows teachers to provide more resources, expanding their curriculum towards additional educational pursuits.

“If a student doesn’t pay their course fees, they won’t be able to participate in class activities within their program area. They will be assigned alternative assignments until those fees are paid,” Community Partnership Coordinator Mr. Craig Statucki said.

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.

“I definitely want to graduate and participate this year, so I plan on paying my course fees before the deadline,” senior Carlos Leyva said.

Students who do not pay their dues will also not be permitted to participate in dances, after-school clubs, etc.

“As a member of Key Club,  attending the Regional Training Conference (RTC) is one of the most prestigious opportunities to dedicate myself to volunteering services and meet members from different schools. I will make sure that I make my payments on time so I can go,” sophomore Tiffany Ceria said.

Payments can be made online or to the banker in the “A” building before or after school. For students burdened with financial issues, they can arrange payment plans with the banker.

“We want students to be able to get the most out of their program area classes. Course fees enable the program to provide the most fulfilling experience,” Assistant Principal Trish Taylor said.