01/27/2016 05:57 EST | Updated 01/27/2016 05:59 EST

Lethbridge School District Approves Motion To Do Away With School Fees

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — A southern Alberta school division plans to drop all basic school fees starting this fall.

The Lethbridge School District approved a motion this week to do away with fees for middle and high school students.

Fees at the elementary level were scrapped five years ago.

Supt. Cheryl Gilmore says the move should ease the burden on parents and won't compromise the district's finances, because cost savings have been made elsewhere.

Fees will still be applied to optional courses that require materials over and above basic supplies.

Alberta's NDP government had promised to reduce some school fees in the spring budget, but the finance minister has since said all programs are now under review because of low oil prices.

Lethbridge's Holy Spirit Catholic Division was expected to vote on its school fees at a board meeting Wednesday night.

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