Out-of-county students to pay fee to attend Columbus Co. schools

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.

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