As the Scotia-Glenville Board of Education prepares the budget for the next school year with an eye on current economic difficulties, Tech Valley High School tuition was mentioned as an item that may be scratched in order to keep costs in line, but the idea is not sitting well with some parents, especially one who was told his child might have the opportunity to attend next year.
Several parents told the board at the Monday, March 23, meeting that they feel keeping Scotia-Glenville students at the high-tech school is important not just for the students but for the community as a whole. Many said that the education students receive at Tech Valley would allow them to bring innovation back to the district.
Eighth-grader Luke Phillips, who was admitted to Tech Valley next year through a lottery system, is now being told his tuition may not be in next year's budget, and his father, Scott Phillips, said that telling students they have been selected and then taking it away sends the wrong message about the district's priorities.
It's been a roller coaster for us the past week and a half, Phillips told the board. "We had Luke's guidance counselor tell us he was selected, and I have not seen him that happy in a very long time. To then take this opportunity away from him is heartbreaking."
Phillips said he spoke to the Tech Valley principal regarding the tuition costs for next year and said he was told it would actually cost the district the same amount to send three students next year as it cost to send two students this year.
Communications specialist for the district Robert Hanlon said that with the tuition decrease, it will cost $12,000 plus transportation to send each student.
He said the cost of educating a student within the district is a little bit harder to calculate.