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City school board to reconsider tuition decision

Newport policeman Travis Gorrell, left, talks with Newport City Board of Education
Chair Mickey Powers at Monday’s school board meeting at NGS.
Published: 7:55 AM, 02/11/2014 Last updated: 7:56 AM, 02/11/2014

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Members of the Newport City Board of Education agreed Monday to reconsider an earlier decision regarding the cost of tuition for children whose parents are employed by the City of Newport.

Newport Policeman Travis Gorrell again approached the board regarding the matter.

During the board’s November 2013 meeting, Gorrell had sought relief from the $300 per student tuition charged by the board for students living outside Newport’s city limits, pointing out that children of Newport Grammar teachers were not charged tuition, even if their parents live outside Cocke County and Newport’s city limits.

The board, which did not meet in December, voted at their brief January meeting to drop tuition charges for children whose parents are employed by the City of Newport and whose paychecks are issued by the city to 50 percent of the $300 fee.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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