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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • R-2 to address tuition rates

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  • The Chillicothe R-2 Board of Education will be discussing tuition rates during their final monthly meeting of 2012 on Tuesday (Dec. 18), beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the District Headquarters along Old Hwy. 36.
    The R-2 district is looking to drop their current tuition rates, primarily for high school students, per amendment, by $800.
    "There's a new calculation tool provided to us by [the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education]," said R-2 Superintendent Dr. Roger Barnes on Monday. "It's a tool they encourage districts who take students from unaccredited districts to use."
    Per calculations offered by the tool, annual district tuition rates (which are currently set at $7,900) would be lowered to $7,100.
    Grand River Technical School, on the other hand, is looking to up their secondary and adult tuition rates for the first time since the 2010-11 school year.
    "Their rates have been frozen for three years," Barnes said. "The last time their's were increased was during the 2010-11 school year."
    Both programs are suggesting an increase of $200 per term (the secondary term is for three hours, the adult for six). GRTS is seeking tuition rates of $2,300 for the prior, and $5,500 for the later.
    Action is expected for both tuition measures, along with the proposed 2013-14 school calendar, workmans compensation insurance bids, a facility rental agreement, and a vehicle lease agreement renewal.
    Evaluation reports will be given on the Homeless Plan and the Home-Bound Program, and Central Accelerated and the Behavior Management Program will be recognized by the board. A "thank you" card from the Southwest Livingston R-1 Superintendent will be read. Prior to Tuesday's meeting, a public session will be held to discuss the first day of school for the 2013-14 school year.
    Following the Tuesday meeting, an executive session — for the purpose of voting upon and considering litigation, real estate, students, and personnel — is anticipated.
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