SBAC approves new student fee, fine waiver policy 

The School Board of Alachua County (SBAC) approved the district’s new student fees and fines policy on Feb. 21 that addresses which students qualify for waivers.  

Those eligible for a waiver of school fees include students under the School Free Lunch Program Act, students experiencing homelessness, students whose families suffered significant income losses, or any reason determined by the superintendent.   

Students whose parents or guardians cannot afford the fees or fines can apply for a waiver.  

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Examples of school fees include field trips, extracurricular activities, graduation, and reading materials, to name a few.  

For a complete list of what the fees include and do not include, visit the Board Doc website.  

After a second reading, the SBAC unanimously approved job descriptions for the transportation and facilities departments.  

The reading comes two weeks after the SBAC held a public hearing to consider lowering education requirements for some jobs to fill more openings.   

The official descriptions for transportation (bus, driver, bus attendant) and maintenance (painter, plumber, technician) jobs state that high school diplomas and GEDs are now preferred qualifications for all applicants.   

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