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Houston County Schools considering allowing out of district students to pay tuition and transfer in

Published: Feb. 11, 2021 at 4:14 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -

The Houston County School System is considering a big change next school year, opening the doors for families unhappy in their current system to pay tuition and transfer in.

“Well I think this could be a really good thing for our county. I think it gives parents the option, we have some smaller schools and we have some larger schools and I think some of those students may excel better at a smaller school so it gives those parents that option. It can also generate some funds for Houston County Schools without having to raise any tax money,” Brandy White, Houston County Schools Superintendent said.

If the option is passed, it will be available to students and families for the 2021-2022 school year.

“It will be less expensive than private school and it gives them the option to pick what public school they would like to attend. They would have to meet certain criteria and they would have to provide their own transportation. If there’s an extreme demand for one particular school we will have to say it caps to make sure things aren’t overcrowded,” White said.

If families are interested, tuition will be $2,000 a year.

“I think it’s going to bring in kids that want to be at those schools and when you bring in kids that want to be at those schools, you can hold those students accountable, I think it helps your schools,” White said.

The Houston County School board will discuss the transfer policy at their next meeting including GPA requirements and the cap size number on Tuesday, February 16th. The board is expected to vote on the proposed option at a meeting in March.

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