Braintree Public Schools will increase the cost for summer school this year to make up for deficits sustained in last year’s program.
According to Assistant Superintendent Maureen Murray, the program incurred a $2,000 deficit last year – the first time the progam hasn’t been self-sustaining in seven years - due to a decrease in the number of students in the program, as well as an increase in the contractual teacher rates.
Because of that, the fee will rise to $200 this year from $175 last year for residents, and to $240 from $215 for non-residents.
“Clearly we need to make the fees more appropriate. In looking at fees for some of the neighboring communities, ours are quite a bit lower than others,” Murray said.
Even with the increase, she said, Braintree's costs are still among the lowest.
Weymouth’s rates run around $200 for residental students. In Stoughton, rates are as high as $225. In Canton, it costs $250 for a student to attend summer school.
Braintree students enroll in the five-week program, which will run this year from June 28 through Aug. 1, to make up for credits lost during the school year, to take SAT prep courses, and to brush up on subjects they haven’t taken in some time.
“Outside students [are] more looking for credit recovery. Some towns don’t offer summer school, or some towns don’t offer all of the courses. They will offer one but not another. We’ve had to have students to go elsewhere for classes we don’t have. So here’s a trade off,” Murray said.
There are no refunds to classes once a course has begun, and there are no more than two absences allowed, regardless of the circumstances, including family vacations.
All courses include homework, and behavior is enforced as outlined in the Braintree High School Handbook.
Passing grade for students seeking course credit is a C-.
Those with questions, should contact Anthony Garofalo at 781-848-4000, Ext. 2277