24th September, 2019
Dear FMIS Parent,
This is to inform you that Markaz will be charging $200/month per child for school bus starting September 2019 for 2-ways. The bus fee for the whole year would be $2000/child plus Islamic Enhancement Fee of $300 (one-time or as agreed at the time of registration). As you are all aware that busing company charges Markaz a flat rate per bus and the hike in price is due to low student count on the school bus for the year 2019-2020. The initial idea was to keep the bus fee pro-rated to break-even but we understand the financial burden it puts on parents with low-income or who have more than one child studying at FMIS. The Board mutually decided to not raise significant amount and keep it easy on parents to keep Islamic School accessible for the kids. We are trying to find out ways to meet the projected financial deficit at the end of the year but we welcome parents to join efforts and propose solutions that may help. Let us all work together for the cause that will to reap benefits in both worlds. Few things we would emphasize on:
- Parents should encourage peers to send kids to Islamic School and take the bus as long as it’s in their means.
- We encourage ideas/suggestions to improve the system and meet financial deficit. Markaz organizes General Body Meeting twice a year to provide platform to parents to voice their opinions/suggestions. Please follow Markaz App for date & time and your attendance will be highly appreciated.
- IEF (Islamic Enhancement Fee) is the fee for Islamic School payable to Markaz-ul-Islam by every FMIS parent. As you all maybe aware that Islamic Studies teachers only receive a payout as Educational Assistant by the District. With the mutual consent between Markaz and FMIS, Markaz charges IEF to disburse bonuses to Islamic Studies teachers and keep them motivated to work at FMIS. Part of the fee is used for Islamic Studies teachers trainings and to buy Islamic curriculum, licenses and subscriptions. IEF is a genuine form of appreciation by an FMIS parent for the teachers. We request all the parents to make the payment at the Markaz Office at your earliest.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Let us work together as a community for the greater cause.
Vice President School
9904 Gordon Avenue
Fort McMurray AB,