ANCHORAGE -

Skipping school might take a chunk out of your wallet if authorities in Fairbanks have their way.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports school district and borough assembly members are backing an ordinance that would fine students if they miss at least five days of school for unapproved reasons.

The fines under the ordinance would be $50 for first offense, $100 for second and $300 for the third. Interfering with a truant office would cost someone $500.

Mayor Luke Hopkins says the intent is not to fine people but instill the importance of having children attend school every day.

He says there will be a warning process, and fines can be forgiven and citations torn up.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly will vote on the ordinance in June.