School board cuts transitional residential eligibility in half

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PETERSBURG – The school board Nov. 19 approved a policy guiding students’ eligibility to attend Upper Township schools.


A previous policy permitted a family moving into Upper Township, or building a new home here, to have eight weeks of “free” tuition under specific circumstances. The new policy will give families only four weeks.

The school board passed the new policy 5-1, with board member Jill Casaccio casting the lone dissenting vote. 

School business administrator Laurie Ryan said the old policy was applied recently, when two families were building houses in the township. The families were permitted eight weeks of free tuition, she said.

“Every penny counts,” said Casaccio. “People shouldn’t be allowed to come to our district for free. Now the policy says four weeks so those two families were five weeks over.”

Casaccio said she thought the policy should be strictly adhered to. Ryan said sometimes families run into difficulties, particularly when building or buying a new home.

“One week is reasonable,” said school board member Kim Breckley.

Ryan said most of the time situations can be resolved, but it may be that the district has to consider hiring a private investigator in some cases.


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