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Policies » Section J: Students » JFAB: Admission Of Tuition And Non-Resident Students

Policy Date: 03/09/2017

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Non-resident students may only attend district schools when their attendance has been approved by the Board. If the Board agrees to enroll a non-resident student, the District will either charge tuition to the parent or, alternatively, the Superintendent may seek to enter into an agreement for the payment of tuition with the school district in which the student resides.

If a student’s parents are divorced and the student lives primarily out-of-district, the student may nonetheless attend schools within the District and will be considered a resident of the District for school attendance purposes provided: (1) the divorce decree allows the student to attend the District; (2) or provided the parents have agreed in writing that the student may attend the District and such written agreement is provided to the District. Students in this situation will not be charged tuition.

In a divorce decree, or parenting plan developed pursuant to RSA 461-A, a child’s legal residence for school attendance purposes may be the school district in which either parent resides, provided the parents agree in writing to the district the child will attend and each parent furnishes a copy of the agreement to the school district in which the parent resides. Transportation will not necessarily be provided for students admitted under this provision and under corresponding law. The Superintendent or designee will make all determinations as to whether transportation will be provided in such circumstances. The Superintendent or designee’s decision will be final.

Upon the admission of a non-resident student to the District, the Superintendent or designee will immediately notify the student’s school district of residence of the student’s name, date of birth, address, and grade assignment of the student. This notification shall also be made at the beginning of each school year for which the student in enrolled.

The Board acknowledges the provisions of RSA 193:3 which state that the district in which the student resides shall retain all responsibility for the provision of special education and related services pursuant to RSA 186-C.

The Board’s decision on whether to enroll a non-resident student will not be based, in whole or in part, on whether that student is a student with a disability, as define by applicable state or federal law.

Tuition rates will be charged at a rate set by the Board and billed quarterly in advance to the district of residence or parent responsible for payment. When a district of residence is responsible for tuition, approval must be made by that district’s school board. Payments must be current as a condition of school attendance.

The district will not provide transportation to and from school for non-resident and tuition students at district expense.

The provisions of this policy may be modified on a case-by-case basis, as needed, pursuant to separate contracts, agreements and other binding arrangements.

Legal References:
RSA 186-C:13, Special Education; Liability for Expenses
RSA 193:3, Change of School or Assignment
RSA 193:12, Legal Residence Required, RSA 461:A

Proposed: September 9, 1986
Adopted: November 6, 1986
Adopted: October 10, 1989
Adopted: April 5, 2001
Revised: February 5, 2009
Revised: May 5, 2011
Revised: March 9, 2017