CAMDEN — Students at all four Camden County Schools will pay an extra $5 fee this coming year to help the district defray school technology costs.
Camden Schools Superintendent Joe Ferrell presented the list of fees for 2019-20 to the Camden County Board of Education at the board’s regular meeting Thursday night.
Ferrell said the new technology fee is the only change in the list of fees from last school year.
The technology fee is designed to have funding available at each school to repair or replace student devices, Ferrell explained.
Other fees, by school, are:
• Camden County High School — $10 supply fee; $3 locker fee; and $20 for a parking permit. Other fees are based on participation in school clubs and certain career classes. They include: $15 for FFA; $20 for the National Art Honor Society; $20 for HOSA; $20 for DECA; $20 for the Future Business Leaders of America; $25 for the National Honor Society; $15-$20 for the Environmental Club; and $40 to $60 for uniforms for the Health Occupations II class.
• Camden Early College High School — $10 supply fee; $3 locker fee; $20 for a parking permit. Students who participate in the Honor Society pay a $25 fee; those who participate in the Interact Club pay a $3 fee. Other fees are based on participation in clubs at Camden High School.
• Camden Middle School — $8 supply/locker fee. Other fees are based on participation in clubs and certain classes. They include $10 for FFA; $30 for Junior Beta Club; $10 for the math club; $10 for a physical education uniform; $25 instrument fee for band; and $4 SMART music fee for band. The fee for the Future Business Leaders of America has not been determined for the coming year.
• Camden Intermediate School — $5 student fee.
• Grandy Primary School — $7 supply fee.
The school board also heard a report on the Read to Achieve summer reading camp that was held at Grandy Primary School in July.
Lisa Byrum, assistant principal at Grandy, said attendance was very good. The camp included 31 first-graders, 19 second-graders and one third-grader. The camp was led by three teachers and three assistants.
“Everything that we do in summer camp is focused around reading,” Byrum said.
A summer reading camp website features photos of projects the students worked on. Byrum said parents told her they appreciated the website because it kept them informed about what their children were working on so they could ask them questions about it at the end of the day.