With a tight budget, the state of Kansas is having trouble finding new money to give to schools. Some schools are facing a new challenge, getting students to pay their bills.
Every year students pay a fee for textbooks. Depending on the school, that fee might also pay for things like sports and other programs. Several schools in Kansas are missing thousands of dollars in fees because not everyone pays.
The Augusta school district has a deficit of over $35,000 just in uncollected student fees. Board president Phil Douglas would love to see that revenue fund a new teacher, or even buy books for all the grades.
Douglas says he knows the economy isn't good and families have to tighten their budgets. He says the board has tried to help out by lowering the price of fees.
Jeane Randall is one of the parents who have yet to pay all the fees for her kids this year. She says with all of her other bills school fees aren't her top priority right now. She says she does intend to pay them.
Douglas says the school board is talking to lawyers to see what can be done about the problem.