Government says school fees slashed as students return to class

Above: Minister Eggen meets with students at Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School in Sherwood Park

by Morinville News Staff

Families with two students taking the bus to school will save $800 or more the government said Wednesday, citing the elimination of transportation charges and fees for instructional supplies and materials.

In all, the government says nearly 600,000 students from across the province will realize savings as a result of An Act to Reduce School Fees, proclaimed in June 2017. That Act eliminated fees for textbooks, workbooks, photocopying and printing, and paper.

Additionally, transportation fees were removed for eligible students living more than 2.4 kilometres from their designated schools were also removed. School boards will receive funds to help offset any potential revenue loss as a result of this legislation.

While school fees were eliminated, Morinvillians saw the province’s school taxes are up 5.13 per cent this taxation year, or $41.62 for the average $331,960 Morinville residence.

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