This year, 20 Orange County Schools students' and their families did something that seems antithetical to attending a public primary or secondary school — they paid tuition.
OCS currently has 120 students attending their schools who live outside of the school system’s boundaries. Of those 120, 100 were the children of employees and did not have to pay tuition. But for the other 20, OCS charges a rate that’s comparable to the median funding they get per pupil.
“On a yearly basis, we bring before (the OCS Board of Education) our recommended tuition rate for students outside our system,” Superintendent of OCS Todd Wirt said.
This year, that was $3,868. Next year, it will be $3,991, a number that was approved at an OCS meeting on Nov. 6.
“We're always one year behind in what is recommended and presented in order to notify families, so that the tuition rate for the 2018-19 school year is based on the county funding for this school year,” said OCS Chief Operations Officer Patrick Abele.