ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Enterprise City Schools will be changing tuition for out-of-district students, but some locals are not happy about it.
“I don’t think it’s right that kids outside of Enterprise School System should have to pay money to go to school,” one anonymous resident said. “It’s just not right, it’s not cool, and they should really reconsider.”
The new tuition schedule will now lower the tuition for the 2020-2021 school years from $500 for the first two students enrolled to $300, with another charge of $150 per additional student.
Now, the $500 tuition amount for the first two students will be for the 2021-2022 school year, with a $250 charge for any other individual students.
Last year, Superindendent Greg Faught told WDHN that the original tuition plan was made to offset the costs to the system.
“We are currently losing funding with the changes in the way that we’re being funded and this is going to help us make back some of that money,” Faught said.
In addition to these changes to the amounts, the school board voted to set the tuition deadline for June 1 before the respective school year, “meaning by June 1, 2020, all tuition for 2020-2021 school year should be received.”
Even with the adjustments, other citizens think that this will only make things worse for out-of-district students and are not sure how to feel about the upcoming changes.
“If somebody wants to get their education and they live outside of Enterprise, it’s going to cost them more,” Enterprise resident Wilberto Gonzalez said. “I mean, the gas and the transportation will cost them money, and it’s gonna cost them more money now. I don’t know.”
Some people affected by this live right between the lines of Enterprise City limits. People in these areas might wonder why the lines are drawn this way, and why they’re affected.
“Some of our districts they overlap into what we call Dale County,” Enterprise Mayor Bill Cooper said. “Now some of those areas usually get city services in one way, but then they are outside of the city limits in another way.”
Students from Dale County may have to pay even more by 2022-2023 should Enterprise be excluded from the Dale County sales and ad valorem taxes. In this case, the tuition for the first two students will be $750 and $375 for the others.
Aside from this, Fort Rucker residents are exempt from paying tuition, and ECS employees will only have to pay 10 percent of the scheduled rate.