Posted at: 08/09/2013 6:13 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Shrinking public school budgets are forcing schools to get creative on how they balance their books, but often at the burden of students and parents.
An APS parent recently sent the 4 On Your Side team an email asking us to look into why Cibola High School charges students to rent a locker.
The cost is $6 per school year, and while that may not seem a lot, the parent writes “for families on fixed incomes, every penny counts.”
"We would not do anything or ask anything that is unnecessary of our students," said Cibola High School Activities Director Ben Schultz.
Schultz said the fees cover expenses not paid for APS such as student I.D. cards, lock replacements, and the cleaning of dirty lockers each summer.
"We don't want to waste funds, but at the end of the year we want to be in the black, not the red," Schultz said.
Schultz and APS administrators say the truth is APS’s budget is lower compared to past years and parents may have to pick up more of the tab, even if it seems like their child is getting a la carte services at school.