In a recent meeting, the Satsuma school board proposed changes to the way it deals with non-resident students. The school board has been looking for a way to help students in Creola more easily attend Satsuma schools. Since Satsuma formed its own school system, some Creola students have been forced to travel long distances to attend school. The problem has led Creola to consider annexation into Saraland, with a vote coming up on the issue very soon.
The proposed changes (which can be read here involve Policy 5.10.3. The changes would allow non-resident students who meet certain conditions to have their paidtuition placed in escrow, and then used as tuition payment for the next school year. Graduating students would have their tuition refunded following graduation.
In order to qualify for the proposed program, non-resident students would have to maintain a total GPA of 3.0, and a GPA of 3.25 in core classes. Students would also have to maintain a 95% attendance rate, which includes tardies, with 3 tardies equaling 1 absence. Students must also have no disciplinary infractions above Level II, and no more than a single Level I infraction during the school year.
The proposal is not without controversy. Some Satsuma residents see the plan as giving Creola students a free ride. In order to help fund the school system, Satsuma residents approved an increase in property taxes. Apparently, there are legal hurdles to Creola diverting some of its own tax money to Satsuma to pay for its students.
In the end, the proposed changes may not matter. Creola will soon be voting on annexation into Saraland. If annexation passes, Satsuma is likely to table any changes to its non-resident student policy, as they are clearly aimed at aiding Creola.
The Satsuma school board will have a public hearing on Monday at 5:00 PM to hear comments on the proposed policy. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, which is located at 220 Baker Road. All concerned residents should attend the meeting to find out more on the proposal.
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