Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: G less in Seattle
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Last year after the budget was set in August of 2002 (determined by the number of enrollment contracts), 12 families left the school mostly due to financial hardship. All 12 families were released from their contracts so the school was out 12 tuitions. The budget had to be cut here and there. One year of this the school can weather but if it happens too much it would be detrimental to the financial health of the school.
So this year, at re-enrollement, each family is asked to give an additional $50 per child for 'tuition insurance'. It is self insured by the school to keep the cost down. Many schools require this to protect the families and the school. In addition to this, the rules for being released from the contract have been tightened. After all, a contract is a contract.
Well, some families feel that they are being punished because of irresponsible families that have dropped out. I look at like car insurance, you have to cover yourself for the hit and runs and uninsured drivers. I think more should have been communicated before it was implemented but people never read the minutes from meetings anyway.