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Millburn Resident Starts Petition to Charge Mid-Year Non-Resident Students

David Lackey

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 4:11pm

MILLBURN, NJ – Local resident Noreen Brunini has started a petition on Change.org asking people to sign if they agree that families of students that move out of town during the school year should pay tuition to have their children finish out the school year in Millburn.

The petition is entitled "Millburn Board of Education, Millburn NJ: Policy 5111: Charge tuition for Nonresident Students," and asks the Millburn School District amend its policy 5111 (currently under discussion for amendment) to charge a prorated tuition to the parent or guardian of any student who wishes to finish out the school year at a Millburn school as a non-resident after that parent/guardians moves out of the Millburn school district during the school year.

“We can understand not wanting to penalize a student and allowing them to finish up a school year, but why is any nonresident student allowed to continue in district on a tuition-free basis?” asked Brunini. “Why wouldn't the parents of said student extended this generous courtesy be expected to pay for this privilege?”

The Board of Education performed a first reading of an amended policy 5111 at its reguar meeting on March 10.  The public may comment on the issue at the next meeting on March 24. The proposed change to the policy as it is being considered would allow those non-resident students to finish the year without paying any tuition if the family moves after Feb. 1.

"I am a former BOE member and it appears after a discussion with Jeff Waters the current President of the Millburn BOE, my memory of the policy 5111 history details was incorrect," said Brunini via email.  "The policy of allowing any student to stay in district, tuition free, after a defined point in time (ranging from the final quarter to last half of the school year) predates 2010. The policy has been amended over time to define (or change) the date after which any student whose parents move out of district during the school year may stay to finish out the year on a tuition free basis as an approved nonresident.  This particular policy amendment proposes a specific date of Feb.1.    I apologize for my error but the basic question of reconsidering the language of the amended policy and considering charging tuition for this privilege in the future remains intact."

The full petition may be found by clicking here.

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