School Volunteers to Pay for Criminal Background Checks

May 18, 2012

Volunteers at Kentucky schools will probably be forced to pay a ten dollar fee for criminal background checks, if they want to help out in the upcoming school year. The new fee will go into effect on July 1st.

Administrative Office of the Courts Director Laurie Dudgeon says the new fee is the result of state budget cuts implemented by the Kentucky General Assembly. According to Dudgeon, the state processed more than 217,000 criminal record reports for schools in the Commonwealth last year.

School officials say they have little option, other than to pass on the cost to prospective volunteers. NAACP Louisville branch President Raoul Cunningham told the Courier-Journal the new fee will hurt low-income families from becoming involved in the school attended by their children.