Two Nutley Board of Education members say the school district spends $10,000 per year in overtime and maintenance to run after-school detention.
They say the students who are there all the time should help pay.
They haven't set the fees or said how often a student would have to be in trouble to be required to pay.
Other school board members say the plan might not be legal. A district lawyer is looking into the matter.
The New Jersey School Boards Association says no New Jersey school district has ever charged for detention.
Information from: The Star-Ledger, http://www.nj.com/starledger