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Out-of-district students to see tuition hike in Ogdensburg

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OGDENSBURG — Parents of tuition-paying students in the Ogdensburg City School District again will see a tuition increase following a unanimous vote Monday night by the Board of Education.

The original resolution that was crafted by Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey did not call for an increase, but board member Michael J. Tooley suggested raising tuition.

“The last two years we have had a modest inflationary increase, and I would like to see that continue,” he said.

Mr. Tooley then proposed to increase K-6 tuition $50, from $1,150 to $1,200, and 7-12 tuition $100, from $2,300 to $2,400.

“These are all students grandfathered in, right?” asked board member Lawrence G. Mitchell.

Superintendent Timothy M. Vernsey said yes and noted there are approximately 22 students left in the district who were attending classes in Ogdensburg when the district stopped accepting out-of-district students before the 2007-2008 school year.

Board of Education member Vicky M. Peo noted that in the past, the district has had trouble collecting money from out-of-district students, but Business Manager Jeffrey R. Swanson said all tuition-paying students are paid up to date.

“If they do not pay by the beginning of the school year, they will not be allowed to enter school,” Mr. Swanson said.

Even with the increase, Mr. Tooley said, students from outside the district attending school in Ogdensburg “are still receiving a bargain.”

In other board action, board members also voted to re-elect Frederick P. Bean board president and Mr. Tooley vice president.

Board of education member Betty J. Mallott was not at the meeting.

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