SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education announced they will be charging tuition for two students who attended Sparta schools even though they did not live in Sparta.  The board members voted unanimously to approve the resolution which would bill the family approximately $35,000 tuition for their children.

According to acting Superintendent Patrick McQueeney the tuition for the students was approximately $17,000 and $18,000 each for the 2019-2020 school year beginning January 2020 and including the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, per board policy 5111.

The resolution also called for the two students to be “disenrolled from the district.” The family will continue to be charged tuition until the students have been removed from Sparta schools.

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At the end of the meeting on Thursday night the board of education members and administrators went into closed session to discuss the findings of Residency Committee, which had met earlier in the day.

When they came back to open session Sparta Board of Education President Kim Bragg announced the resolution that had been recommended by the Residency Committee. The resolution was based on the evidence evaluated subcommittee.

According to the resolution the students’ family was represented at the Residency Committee hearing by their legal counsel.  The statement provided by the attorney “acknowledging that they are not living in Sparta”  along with “all of the proofs” led the committee to recommend to the seven board members at the meeting to approve the resolution.

The unanimous approval of the resolution was the last business conducted before the meeting adjourned.

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