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Material world costs more in Coupeville

With supply costs increasing, families could be paying a bit more for some classes at Coupeville High School.

School officials are looking to institute a $10 material fee for students taking vocational classes, such as welding and woodworking.

Principal Sheldon Rosenkrance announced during a recent school board meeting that the fee, which won board approval last year, will start at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year.

In an interview after the meeting, he said that although the budget is tight, he decided not to implement the new fee this year because students haven’t received enough warning. He said he wants to make sure everybody knowsabout the new fee in advance.

The increasing cost of supplies needs to be addressed. For example, the cost of silver has tripled, Rosenkrance said.

Teacher Tom Eller added the cost of other materials have also skyrocketed as well. For example, he said a 50-pound box of welding rods now costs $75, which is up from $45. The cost of wood and other basic items such as saw blades and grinding disks have increased as well.

“It’s just expensive,” Eller said, adding that it’s tough trying to ensure a quality education while being frugal with dwindling resources.

“The state is giving us less and the cost of education is going up,” Eller said.

Rosenkrance said there will no doubt be something put in place to help low income families pay for the costs of the vocational classes.

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