Posted by Debra Worley - email
COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some students attending Columbus County schools will have to pay a fee beginning in the fall.
According to Superintendent Dan Strickland, any first time out-of-county students will have to pay a one-time fee of $700.
Students who transfer from out-of-state will have to pay an annual fee of $7,750.
Strickland says the fees are to help cover the cost of educating out-of-county students for the first year.
State and federal funds do not follow a student the first year they transfer into a different school system.
According to the Whiteville News Reporter, school buses will no longer go into Bladen County in an effort to save the system nearly $20,000 annually in transportation costs.