Minor changes in non-resident and out-of-state tuition rates to attend Chadron Public Schools are under consideration by the Chadron school board.
The board’s policy committee is currently reviewing the policies that govern non-resident tuition, which is charged to students who are not eligible for option enrollment, such as students who live in another state.
The current policy calls for elementary tuition to be equal to the “per pupil cost,” while the high school tuition is set by the board, both in compliance with state law. The policy committee is recommending striking the current policy and either incorporating the language into the district’s annual fee policy or creating a new policy dealing directly with non-resident attendance and foreign exchange students.
The proposals appeared before the board Monday, based on Nebraska City’s non-resident policy.
“This is really a rough draft,” said Boone Huffman, a member of the board’s policy committee.
The proposal calls for non-resident tuition to be charged at the per pupil cost listed in the annual financial report. It’s basically how the district has previously charged non-resident tuition, said Superintendent Dr. Caroline Winchester, but the language ties the tuition rate more directly to the annual per pupil cost and eliminates the need for the board to set the rate each year. Non-resident tuition will be due on or before the first day of classes each semester.
The proposed policy also makes it clear that the district will not pay any transportation costs for non-resident students and requires those students to take part in all of the district’s assessment programs, Huffman said. The new policy also deals with foreign exchange students and eliminates a cap on the number of such students. Current policy caps the number of exchange students at one per year.
The policy committee and full board will continue to review the proposals in the coming months before approval.