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MCCSC Sent $300K In Unpaid Textbook Fees To Debt Collector In 2018

A child reads in a library.

Indiana law allows school corporations to rent textbooks, known as curricular materials, to families. (Pixabay)

The Monroe County Community School Corporation sent about $100,000 more in unpaid textbook fees to a debt collection agency last year compared to 2017.

The unpaid fees amounted to more than $300,000.

Indiana law allows school corporations to rent textbooks, known as curricular materials, to families.

Director of Business Operations John Kenny says elementary school and middle school yearly fees at MCCSC range from around $160 to $185. But he says the cost varies more in high school.

“They’re billed individually by the classes they take, and some of the AP-level or even other classes require specific materials that might have a little bit higher or lower charge," he says.  

Kenny says the cost could climb to more than $200 in some cases.

An internal committee approves the repurchasing of textbooks about every five to six years.

Kenny says families who qualify for free and reduced lunch also qualify for free textbook rentals.

The MCCSC School Board will discuss textbook fees at its next meeting on June 25.

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