The first day of school is less than a month away for many students here in eastern carolina and that means back to school shopping. Parents will pay more for fees and supplies for their kids this year according to the Backpack Index released by Huntington Bank. Last year the index was $474 for all supplies and fees paid per a student for the school year. This year it increased 60 bucks to $530.
In Craven County, students will be charged a new $45 fee for driver's education courses beginning August 15th. School officials say that's because of a recent 16%budget cut in driver's ed funding. Many schools are looking at ways to offset recent budget cuts, and that could mean more fees in other areas.
"Everyone is being hit from all sides. You know things are costing more, the things that they are buying in the stores and then students in high school look at so many different things like yearbooks, and pictures, and things, so it's difficult and becoming more difficult for our parents to pay what's needed," said Debbie Kirkman Craven County Schools.
The backpack index takes into account school supplies needed, school fees, and fees for extracurricular activities through the year. It does not include clothes.