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January 24, 2013

Non-resident pupils limited at Science Hill School

School Board cuts available class slots

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Somerset —

“From the discussions with most of you all, there’s come two main priorities ... One is our need and our responsibility to leverage the most resources possible for our kids and students, especially during the budgetary times that we’re having now,” said Wilds. “The other priority I’ve heard is the desire to not interrupt the educational placement of families that are attending Science Hill right now from our district.”
Given those priorities, Wilds recommended the amended contract, noting that after current nonresident students graduate from Science Hill, it would leave approximately 154 students — slightly more than the 150 that Pulaski had originally named in the revised contract last week.
“(This contract) would be one of modest reductions through a process of attrition,” said Wilds. “Basically we’re proposing that whoever they have at the end of the school year that are our students, to allow them to continue attending Science Hill. ... In addition to that, we will allow any siblings of those students to be allowed to the contract also, because we don’t want to split families or situations there. That starts a modest reduction process, perhaps not to the magnitude we were hoping for, but this is the best way to keep from really disrupting the families.”
Wilds added that in the past year, 11 siblings of the nonresident pupils had entered the picture, “so if you add 11 to 154, you’re looking at about 165 kids. They’re current contract is for 172, so that’s a difference of seven. So I really expect through attrition that their reductions will be less than 10 kids, ultimately.”
The change addresses “our need to start looking at wherever we can for resources, money for our own district and our own kids,” acknowledged Wilds, as the school systems receive about $3,800 in state money for each student who attends that district.

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