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Franklin Township Family Hit with $35k Tuition Bill from South Brunswick

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A township family is being charged $35,462 in tuition for sending children to South Brunswick schools, according to a ruling by the State Department of Education.

The father of the family provided a lease showing he lived in a rental in South Brunswick. According to court documents, the district received a tip that the family did not live in South Brunswick.

A residency investigation was conducted by the South Brunswick Board of Education between September 1, 2016, and October 24, 2016, and it was determined that the family did not live in the district. 

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"The investigator observed the South Brunswick rental property on 27 occasions and never saw petitioner or any activity at the home," according to court documents. "By contrast, the investigator observed the Franklin Township home on 31 occasions and saw petitioner’s cars parked outside and in the garage on 28 occasions, and the same cars were also seen dropping off the minor children at the bus stop near the South Brunswick property several times."

A letter was sent to the family on October 25, 2016, stating "the minor children are ineligible to attend the District’s schools."

The tuition cost per pupil for grades 6-8 in South Brunswick was $11,873 for the 2015-16 school year or $66.00 per day.

Two of the children went to the middle school and the third child went to the high school, according to the documents. 

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