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Cost of school rising

It's that time of the year when the cost of school might pinch your pocket.

All schools in Madison County will soon be back in full force.

If you've already blown big bucks on school supplies and back to school clothes, get ready to pay even more.

School seems to be getting more and more expensive.

It costs something to do pretty much everything.

Parking: $15 

Yearbooks: $60 dollars

Fees for elective classes: $20 - $50

It seems a high price to send your child off.

Sheila Lyle and her son Zach are looking at more than $100 in back-to-school fees.

Zach is taking driver's ed and wood working.

Both classes he needs, but cost extra.

Then there's the stuff he wants.

 "Would you like a class t-shirt? No, a locker?"

"Already have a locker. $5."

"Too high? I don't think they are, I think they're reasonable actually," says Lyle. 

Sheila is ok with paying the extra fees for her son to do what he wants, but there are people who might not be able to afford it.

Bob Jones High School Principal Robby Parker says there are other ways to go about putting your kid through school, the extras can be cut.

"PTA membership, you don't have to do that," says Parker. 

He says it's most important to graduate.

It's not even necessary to shell out the big bucks.

"Any course that is required to graduate Bob Jones there is no fee, in other words you don't have to pay a fee to take a math class or an English class or anything like that," says Parker. 

And if you can't afford the extra classes no child will ever be turned away.

"No child will ever come in here and not be able to do something as a result of not having even $1."

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