SCARSDALE, N.Y. - One hundred and four non-resident children of Scarsdale schools' employees will attend schools in the district in 2011-2012 with no tuition, the Board of Education announced at Wednesday's meeting.
Students of Scarsdale schools' employees are allowed to do this according to a board of education policy. The policy states that "The Board of Education affirms its primary responsibility to provide the best possible educational opportunities for the children who are legal district residents and who are of legal age to attend school." However permission to attend Scarsdale schools' is granted without tuition to non-residents under the following conditions:
- If a student becomes a non-resident after the commencement of a semester.
- If a child's parents own a house in the school district which is unoccupied as long as the house remains unoccupied. The student will only be able to attend Scarsdale schools until the end of that school year.
- If a pupil in the high school is enrolled under a student exchange program. The student must be approved by the board and the board reserves the right to limit the number of students accepted from year-to-year and to charge tuition.
- In exceptional circumstances, to be determined on a case-by-case basis, a child can reside with a family or friend and can attend Scarsdale schools if parental control has been surrendered to the Scarsdale resident.
- Children of full-time district employees can attend Scarsdale schools.
Superintendent Michael McGill said Scarsdale schools' employees children are placed in classrooms where the number of students are below maximum capacity and therefore there is no need to add teachers because of these students. He also said funds needed to buy textbooks for these students are "marginal if identifiable" because excess books are already purchased within the district.
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