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Belton ISD to waive technology fees for upcoming school year, cancel remaining debt from previous year

Belton ISD
Posted at 8:36 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 21:36:07-04

BELTON, TX — The Belton ISD Board of Trustees has voted to waive technology fees for all students for the upcoming school year.

The board voted to not collect the technology insurance fee all students pay, which will save families more than $240,000 over the next school year.

“Families continue to be impacted by COVID-19 in different ways, and the economic hardships currently being felt by some in our community are heavy on our hearts and minds,” said Suzanne M. McDonald, Board president. “There are so many things to worry about. If this small but tangible action helps eliminate a worry for those facing hardships in our community, it’s worth doing.”

The Board of Trustees also authorized the district to cancel more than $40,000 of debt remaining from the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The debt includes that collected over the course of the year from school meal charges, ID replacement fees, cost of replacement or repair of technology devices and other campus operations.

“We want our students to be able to start the year with a clean slate and not have to worry about this outstanding debt,” said Jennifer Land, the district’s CFO.

Belton ISD plans to release a comprehensive response plan on July 24.