School City of East Chicago
Bylaws & Policies


Because of limited financial means, the School Board may need to levy certain charges to students to facilitate the utilization of adequate, appropriate learning materials. Such charges would be made on expendable items such as, but not limited to, magazines, workbook materials, paperback selections, and laboratory supplies as well as for lost or damaged books and materials for independent study or special projects, and Corporation-sponsored trips. No student, however, shall be deprived of participation in an activity because of lack of financial ability to pay a charge.

A charge shall not exceed the combined cost of the material used, freight and/or handling and processing charges, and nominal add-on for loss.

When Corporation property, equipment, or supplies are damaged, lost, or taken by a student, a fee will be assessed. The fee will be reasonable, seeking only to compensate the Corporation for the expense or loss incurred.

The late return of borrowed books or materials from the Corporationís school libraries will be subject to appropriate fees.

Any fees collected by members of the staff are to be turned in to the Business Office within twenty-four (24) hours after collection.

In the event the above course of action does not result in the fee being collected, the Board authorizes the School Board Attorney to take the student and/or his/her parents to Small Claims Court for collection if the does not exceed $1,500. If the claim exceeds $1,500, the Board authorize the Corporation attorney or another attorney to pursue a collection action in the appropriate court against the student and/or his/her parents.

Revised 12/3/18

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