SCHOOL TUITION POLICY
The School Committee believes that tuition payments for preschool peer models (non-IEP students) and full day kindergarten are an investment in our children’s education. Therefore, the School Committee has the responsibility for adopting certain policies concerning the amount of tuition, the manner of payment, and in general, the development of policy. Further, it is the responsibility of the School Committee to insure that adequate financial resources are available to provide these programs and yet make enrollment in these programs as available and affordable as possible to the effected families.
I. Families with children enrolled as preschool peer models or in the full-day kindergarten program shall make tuition payments as established by the School Committee each spring.
II. All families shall be expected to make tuition payments according to one of the following payment plans. Each family’s preferred manner of payment must be submitted each year following student registration.
A. Full Payment Plan. Under this plan, the entire amount of tuition is paid on or before April 30. This payment is made directly to the Superintendent’s office. Checks shall be made payable to the City of Gardner.
Monthly Payment Plan. Under this plan, the entire amount (or the remaining amount if a cash deposit is made) is paid over a six-month period. Gardner public schools may choose to utilize an outside service for collection of these payments .
The outside collection service may require a service charge for processing.
I. Families registering after June 15 shall be expected to fulfill their tuition obligation according to the tuition policy stated above.
II. Tuition for students registering on or after the first day of school shall be pro-rated over the number of days remaining in the school calendar.
It shall be the responsibility of each family to keep the Business Administrator informed of their need to make any changes in their preferred tuition payment plan or adjustments in the amount of tuition expected to be paid. Without such information, the following procedure will apply when tuition payments are received late.
I. Full Payment. If payment is not received on or before April 30, the family will be contacted, in writing, within five (5) business days by the Business Administrator concerning the missed payment date. Unless the family and the Business Administrator agree upon an alternative payment plan, all tuition payments shall be made through the outside collection service.
II. Monthly Payments. Families who choose the monthly payment plan and miss a monthly payment due to insufficient funds may be assessed a fee by the outside collection serviceand may incur a fee from their own financial institution.
At this time, the School Committee is not able to offer any tuition assistance.
Families who have missed two monthly payments and have not made suitable arrangements within fourteen (14) calendar days of the second missed payment will be informed that their child(ren) will not be allowed to remain in the program.
All families must be current in their payment of tuition. By August 25th, if the family is not current, students will not be admitted in the program on the first day of school.
Families withdrawing students prior to the first day of school shall be refunded the amount of tuition that has been paid for the current school year. After the first day of school, tuition refunds will be pro-rated over the number of school days each student was in attendance. From that amount, the School Committee will deduct a 5% handling fee to cover administration costs.
[Adopted: March 2003]
[Revised: June 2006]