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May 17, 2010

Muscogee School Board: Out-of-county employees' kids will pay tuition next year, no vote on changing school times

Benning Hills Elementary students will go to a new school and school district employees who live outside the county but send their kids to the county’s schools will start paying some tuition during the 2010-2011 school year, due to the Muscogee County School District’s bleak financial situation. The school district is facing a potential $18 million cut to its budget for the 2011 fiscal year, which begin July 1. The school board approved a number of budget-cutting measures during its board meeting Monday night, including closing Benning Hills Elementary and moving those students to Muscogee Elementary, closing the Muscogee County Evening High School and charging half the cost of tuition to employees who live outside the county but send their kids to the county’s schools. The board also voted to table a proposal to change school start and end times after hearing from a concerned parent at the meeting.

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