Last night, Port Chester School District Superintendent Dr. Edward Kliszus sent a message explaining that the residency's of ten percent of the school district students will be verified on a random basis starting this month. Kliszus notes that non-resident parents will be responsible for paying tuition for their students time attending the district while a non-resident.
The effort is an attempt by the district to address some residents' concerns that children who do not live in the village are attending local schools on the tax-payer's dime.
Read the full message below and tell us your thoughts on the district's latest efforts in the comments below.
Dr. Kliszus's full message in English below and here it is in Spanish:
In recent months there has been considerable focus on the issue of student residency. Starting this month and continuing throughout the school year the residency of approximately 10% of the district's current students will be verified on a random basis. At the same time, any reported or suspected instances of specific non-resident students attending our schools will be investigated. In some cases we will be asking the parent/guardian to resubmit student registration documents.
Please be sure to inform your child's school immediately any time your address or contact information changes. The district is required to submit accurate and up-to-date student demographic data to the NY State Education Department. At the same time, we need this information so that we can contact you in an emergency.
Please note that the parents/guardians of non-resident children attending our schools are responsible for the payment of tuition for the time their child(ren) attended the Port Chester Public Schools as a non-resident. Restitution for tuition owed can be sought through a criminal proceeding in order to compensate he district for this theft of services.
Note that there are also potential legal penalties regarding the filing of any false documents that may be presented by a parent/guardian to register non-resident students into the district.