The Johnson City Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a recommendation from Superintendent of Schools Richard Bales to accept tuition students for the 2013-14 school year.
Tuition students, who are students who live outside the city limits, will be accepted on a space-available basis at Cherokee, North Side and Towne Acres elementaries, as well as Liberty Bell Middle School and Science Hill High School.
“That puts a couple of different areas in town. Also, it gives a couple of different socioeconomic diversity groups to look at,” Bales said.
The board also voted to increase tuition charges by $100, bringing next year’s total for students inside the county to $1,600.
Tuition for students outside Washington County will be $2,100.
The vote for the increase passed 6-1, with board member Tom Hager voting against the increase.
In comparison, Bristol City Schools charges an in-county tuition rate of $700, Kingsport City Schools charges in-county rates of $1,200 for Sullivan County and $2,200 for Hawkins County, Elizabethton City Schools charges $700 for in-county students in grades K-5 and $300 for grades 6-12 and Greeneville City Schools charges an in-county rate of $1,075.
Those figures are based on the 2012-13 school year.
Bales’ recommendation to increase the tuition charge by $100 also included a recommendation to eliminate the 50 percent second child discount for employees of the school system.
Board Vice Chairman Richard Manahan said he did not have a problem with raising the tuition charge, but he did not to want to see the board do away with the discount for system employees.
Manahan motioned to amend the recommendation to continue to allow the discount for all current employees who have children in the system.
Board member Lottie Ryans sought to continue the discount for students who are already in place until they complete their education in the system.
Both Hager and Manahan abstained from voting on the amendment.
There were a total of 138 tuition students, seniors not included, in the system during the 2012-13 school year. A total of $167,250 in revenue was brought in by tuition costs.