This upcoming school year, new out-of-state students can expect to start paying tuition if they want to go to Galena Schools.
The school board made the decision at their last meeting as a result of the state of Kansas cutting back on funding for out-of-state students. The Galena School District’s new policy will cost families more than $1,000 per student to send their children to school.
There are exemptions to the policy, like any student enrolled in the district before the 2019-2020 school year will not be charged tuition. And if families have multiple students going to school in the district, they will only be expected to cover the tuition for up to two students, the district will absorb any remaining costs.
Though Galena Schools are still in the beginning stages of implementing the new policy, they are hoping it doesn’t turn potential students away.
“We start at Pre-K through 12. Again I think it will effect our district enrollment in the future because people aren’t going to want to pay tuition to come to a public school,” says Toby VanCleave, Galena High School Principal.
The State of Kansas funds about 75 percent of the cost for each out-of-state student. And the Galena high school principal says he is hopeful the state looks at other options of funding so they can relieve their families of the cost.