The Oysterponds Board of Education announced Wednesday that is has reached an agreement with the Greenport School District on the financial terms of a new five-year secondary school contract.
After a three-hour special meeting at the elementary school in Orient, Oysterponds school board president Deborah Dumont said student tuition next year will be $14,200 per student, which is about the same it currently pays Greenport. Tuition for special education per student will be about $61,000, a nearly $3,000 decrease from the current school year.
Other terms of the contract are pending legal review.
“We’ve agreed on the financial terms,” Ms. Dumont said. “The other terms we’ve already agreed to in concept, just the language to describe them are pending legal review.”
The Oysterponds School District, which operates a K-6 program, currently sends its secondary students to neighboring Greenport. Once a secondary school contract is finalized, it will be put before Orient and East Marion residents in a referendum.
“Both schools really worked hard to come to an agreement because they both really wanted this to work,” Ms. Dumont said.
The vote is expected to take place August 20.
Although the Oysterponds school board also discussed a new teacher contract during executive session, Ms. Dumont said an agreement hasn’t been reached.
For the past year, the school board has been ironing out a new teacher’s contract to replace the agreement that expired last June 30.
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