Why does Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) charge a Learning Resource Fee (LRF)?
EIPS’ schools, School Councils, and educational partners feel it is necessary to provide a range of learning opportunities to enrich student experiences, and go beyond providing only the basics. EIPS charges the LRF for resources and materials that strengthen and enhance curriculum for students. These fees supplement the basic provincial funding grants.
The charging of fees for materials and resources is sanctioned under the School Act.
Who sets the LRF?
The Board of Trustees approves the LRF, to be charged for all students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Refer to the Fee Schedule for a detailed breakdown.
Who sets other fees? Why do they differ between schools?
Each school examines the programs being offered and the basic materials that are required. Costs for additional materials to supplement the program are then calculated, and these costs determine the material fee that is charged to students. Other Fees are to be used within the school year and are to be set on a cost recovery basis (see Administrative Procedure 505, School and Administrative Fees).
What is the total revenue that EIPS generates from charging fees?
The LRF generates just over $1,000,000 for EIPS. The funds are managed by each school’s administration.
How do I know that EIPS is not making a profit by charging fees?
Following concerns from parents, the Board of Trustees approved guidelines in 2010 to limit the materials and resources for which fees may be charged (see Administrative Procedure 505, School and Administrative Fees). Fees shall not be charged for the following: school generated workbooks; materials or equipment related to core courses, except LRF and Field Trip Fees; and classroom instruction. Fees shall not be charged in lieu of fundraising.
Fees are strictly used to cover a portion of the costs involved in delivering the program or materials for which they are charged. Some fees are identified to cover the costs to schools of providing specific optional activities, such as field trips, yearbooks, and graduations. The fees related to these activities are not mandatory, should a student choose not to participate.
When are fees due? What are the options if a parent cannot pay the fees?
Fees are due within 30 days of being assessed. Parents/independent students have a number of payment options, including online payment using Visa, MasterCard, or INTERAC Online (when available from your financial institution), or pay at the school. Should circumstances exist in which fees cannot be paid, parents/independent students can apply for certain fees to be waived (see Waiver of Fees).
Other arrangements may be made with the school’s administration.
If fees are not paid, they will be forwarded to a collection agency.
Why does EIPS not use tax generated revenue, instead of charging fees?
School jurisdictions receive funding from Alberta Education. This funding is separate from the local taxes, which are assessed and collected by local municipalities. The provincial government sets provincial education tax rates, and funds collected are allocated to school jurisdictions based on the provincial funding framework. There is no direct correlation between the taxes collected locally for schools and the provincial funding framework.