The increase, which goes into effect next year, is for Chickamauga City School students who live outside city limits.
“Raising the tuition is to help offset cuts for operating,” Superintendent Melody Stansell told Board of Education members. “If a family has three or more children, then they have a cap of $1,050 for in-state out-of-district students.”
Stansell said the school system currently spends $5,000 per student, but gets reimbursed for a portion of it by the state. Therefore, if the student lives out of state, the student must pay $5,000 to attend a Chickamauga school.
Last month school board members Billy Neal Ellis and Jim Powell suggested the board increase tuition for out-of-city students to help offset state cuts. They studied it together and came up with $350 as the new tuition.
The Chickamauga Board of Education is scheduled to hold its next regular monthly meeting on May 10 at 5:15 p.m. at the central office building.
In other business Monday night:
* The school board agreed to spend $7,800 for Dino Body fitness equipment for the weight room.
* The board agreed to extend the KIDS after-school program into summer. “Since we will be in the new wing, the kindergarten room will be perfect for that,” Stansell said.
* The board revised a policy for pagers and other electronic communication devices. “What this policy does is give the school permission to restrict the use of the devices,” board chairman D.A. “Corky” Jewell said. “It used to be a state law that students could not have them (on campus). We still don’t want them to be on children at school.”
Jewell said that a student could, in an emergency situation, be permitted to wear a cell phone or pager if OK’d by the principal.
* State School Superintendent Cathy Cox will be at the Central Office in Chickamauga at 9 a.m. on April 23. She plans to visit Chickamauga City Schools, while doing her tour of schools throughout Georgia.
* Chickamauga Elementary School recently hosted a Walk America to benefit the March of Dimes and raised $7,000. The sponsor was Paul Brown.
* Construction is still under way in the school system to comply with state minimized class size requirements.
“The middle school work is going on with the demolition of walls and work is continuing on the fieldhouse,” Stansell said. “We are getting very close (to completion) on the elementary school building.”
* The board renewed a contract for student insurance with Peters Insurance.
* For tax purposes only, Vanda Woods was named power of attorney for the board.
* Fundraisers and fieldtrips were approved.
* Board member Don Littleton was appointed to represent the board at a spring conference in Savannah