The Galesburg Board of Education approved a plan on Monday, July 11th to address the District's $216,000 in past due student accounts on Skyward. These past due amounts are a combination of various fees, but not limited to, unpaid registration fees, technology fees, Chromebook repair fees, and other various fines. The District has not had consistent collection processes in the past to capture these unpaid fees. To address the problem, the District is taking a two prong approach to resolve this issue.
On Friday, July 15th, all Skyward accounts (with the exception of Food Services) will be zeroed out. Any unpaid fees as of July 15th will be pursued for payment by the District's Central Office. Letters to families with delinquent accounts will be mailed on July 30th notifying them of their balances. Families will have 45 days to make payment arrangements with the District per instructions in the letter. After the 45 day collection period, any unresolved balances will be turned over to a collection agency. In order to resolve unpaid accounts after September 15, 2016, account holders will need to make arrangements with the collection agency directly.
Moving forward, families will have zero balances on Skyward before beginning the on-line registration process which opens on July 18th. New registration fees will be applied to the Skyward account and can be paid on-line or in person at registration at the GHS Fieldhouse on August 9th and 10th. Optional fees like sports participation, yearbook, drivers education behind the wheel course, parking passes, etc. will not be available for purchase until the required registration fees are paid in full. Past account balances will not affect the payment of additional fees, only the 2016-2017 registration fees are applicable.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the District #205 Central Office at 309-973-2000.