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Writer questions school fees

web posted August 18, 2007
LETTER TO THE EDITOR – I found (EdgefieldDaily.com) several months ago and feel that it is a service this county has needed for several years. Thanks. I am over sixty and my children all finished school nearly twenty years ago. Therefore, I am no longer directly involved in the day to day activities of the system.  I am, however a voter and taxpayer in the community.  I have been following with keen interest the postings regarding the school fees, beginning with the person with the four year old who seems to have started this controversy. 

I hereby challenge either a school board member, or responsible school administrator to put this issue to rest by explaining the finances of the Edgefield school system.
I pay county taxes to finance the system, there are also federal and state moneys ( tax) that is channeled into the system.  I understand there are teacher salaries and building and operating expenses. Also, there is an “education lottery”.
I am not against a registration fee. I do question the necessity for it. Also, I do not know the enrolment in the county, but $25.00 per child would put a lot of money into the system. In addition if each parent provided snacks for the class three or four times a school year, It seems that the students would eat more than they would learn.  There would be no time for school work.  If each parent provided the list of supplies, the teachers would not have space to store them.

During my ramblings around Edgefield I have had several conversations with parents who have children in school and I have discovered that there are a great number of people who do not, and have never provided snacks or paid fees.  But their children are always at the front of the line for every trip or extra curricular event that comes along.

I believe fair is fair. If one child has to pay a fee, then every child has to pay the fee with No exceptions. 

Don Hinkle
Edgefield, SC

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