This week, the Altoona Area School Board approved a proposal to charge outside districts tuition to send their students to the William P. Kimmel Alternative School.

Board members agreed to set the standard tuition rate at $65 per day, while the rate for special education students from other districts will be set at $75 per day. Blair County school districts that don’t already have alternative education programs for students with behavioral concerns are required to engage the services of private companies.

The tuition proposal has reportedly been well received by administrators, and the school’s enrollment could potentially grow to 45 students next school year, depending on the level of participation from other districts. Initially, the Board thought there may be cost savings involved with closing the school, but after a hearing in May, they overwhelmingly supported keeping the school open.

Source: Local News