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Putnam to accept out-of-district students

Tuition-free program adopted

Putnam Central School’s 35 students may have company this fall. The district has adopted a new program to accept out-of-district students at no charge.

Putnam Central School’s 35 students may have company this fall. The district has adopted a new program to accept out-of-district students at no charge. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— “The state expects more and more,” Boucher said. “The pressure to consolidated (with another school) is growing. Yet our resident know its advantageous for the community to keep our school open.”

Parents who decide to send their students to Putnam will be getting a real bargain, Boucher said. A New York State Department of Education tuition formula values a Putnam education at $32,000 a year. Putnam now pays Ticonderoga Central School District $12,000 for each student attending middle and high school.

Facing a state-imposed 2 percent tax cap and other mandates, Boucher said schools must be willing to make changes.

“You must have an open mind and do things differently to continue meeting the needs of students and taxpayers,” the superintendent said. “There’s no more business as usual.”

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