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TUITION HIKE: Cost to attend TROY Center on the rise

June 8, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The TROY Alternative Center for Learning was a topic of discussion at the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board work session Monday.
The discussion revolved around TROY’s large increase in tuition.
Dr. Patricia O’Connor, superintendent of WCCS, said, “They are raising their tuition rates, more than doubling the cost of tuition.”
Board members were curious as to why there was a 40 percent increase in tuition costs.
“Why all of a sudden do we have a 40 percent increase in tuition?,” asked board member Tim Bloom.
O’Connor said she was told the reason for the increase was due to rising costs and disappearing funds.
She suggested using the money they would have to spend, which comes to $31,980 for the 2012-13 school year, to fund their own program in the future.
“We could agree to have the program for one more year, and then design our own program,” said O’Connor.
The board discussed how TROY is a good learning environment for students who would otherwise be expelled. There are currently 15 seats available for WCCS to use.
O’Connor said statistics show that a little over 50 percent of students who enter the program earn enough credits to graduate, or they are allowed to move back to the high school.
“The program has proved to be successful for us,” said O’Connor.
The board wants to make a decision on where they want to go with this topic at their next meeting.

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