At the start of the 20162017 school year, Blaine families are required to pay a $250 student fee for each registered student. Parents who pay fees before September 20th will receive a $25 discount. All fees are due no later than September 30, 2016.
Student fees allow Blaine to ensure that our children continue to receive fine arts programming, instructional materials, supplies, and extracurricular activities.
Payments can be made by:
● Visiting the Blaine EPay site
● Making a check payable to James G. Blaine Elementary; Submit along with the Student Fee 25 Discount Form 2016 to the Main Office
Deliberate steps have been taken to ensure that no student is excluded from participating in programs because of a family’s inability to pay fees. Multiple options (discounts, partial payments, waivers and appeals) are available to support families experiencing financial challenges. If you have further questions about your options, please refer to the Parent Handbook or visit the Main Office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are payment plans available?
Under certain circumstances, we are able to offer payment plans. Please contact the Main Office to discuss possible options.
How are fees determined?
The Local School Council approved the budget and fee structure to ensure Blaine is able to continue to offer the level of programming that Blaine staff, students and parents have come to expect. Ongoing decisions about fundraising and expenditures are discussed at monthly LSC meetings.
Do other schools require fees?
Yes. In order to offset budget cuts, most of the schools in and around Chicago have instituted mandatory fees. Our fees are in line with what other schools require.
Are student fees tax deductible?
Yes. As part of CPS, Blaine is a taxexempt organization (#366005821) and therefore, tax deductible.
Can we donate more than the designated amount?
Absolutely. You additional donation can go toward a particular student’s fees (please specify) or will go to offset any reduced fees based on waivers.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the main office.
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