In our small rural parish school, one of the “requirements” is that each family contribute a minimum of 40 hours of service to the school during the school year. We have about 38 families and only about a third of them are meeting the service hour requirements. Our tuition is CHEAP compared to other Catholic schools in the state, but we also live in an economically depressed area. The volunteer hours are supposed to offset the operational costs of the school, so the tuition can remain low.
We thought we had a plan in place for handling those who don’t do their hours…bill them $5 per hour for every hour they don’t complete. The problem then becomes collection of the additional amount. This has been a hot topic for debate recently and we (school board) are trying to come up with a way to handle this. We don’t want to lose sight of the mission of the school, which is to provide a solid Catholic education. We also don’t want to penalize the kids (by denying future enrollment) just because the parents don’t do what they are supposed to do.
Sooooo, any ideas out there?? I would greatly appreciate your thoughts!