JECB - Admission of Nonresident Students
To a major extent, the residents of the Town of Falmouth bear financial responsibility for the public school system, which is charged with providing education for school-age children residing within the town. To ensure that school funds are spent for the benefit of residents, the Board will limit free admission to children whose parents or legal guardians reside in Falmouth, except as:
Admission of nonresident students is required under the law;
The School Department has entered into an agreement with an adjoining administrative unit, and tuition fees are paid by the other unit as permitted by law;
The School Department has entered into an agreement with an adjoining administrative unit where the Superintendents of both units recognize a student placement to be in the best interest of the student;
Tuition for students residing on state-owned property within or outside the Town of Falmouth is paid by the state;
The student qualifies as a “temporary resident” under the terms of the law;
Special permission has been granted by the Board.Special permission may be granted upon approval of the Superintendent. Such permission shall be granted, for example, in order to:
Provide for the continuous progress of children whose families move to and from the Town of Falmouth during the school year in question;
Allow all students who have completed their junior year to continue to attend Falmouth schools;
Enroll any/all children of members of the school system’s professional staff on a voluntary basis in accordance with 20-A M.R.S.A. ss5203 (1) and 5204 (1), provided that this enrollment does not reduce the opportunities available to other Falmouth students and that the School Department is able to provide appropriate programming for the student.
The professional staff member must seek a Superintendent's Agreement from his or her home district prior to registering a child. If the Agreement is denied by the sending Superintendent, the professional staff member will pay reduced tuition in the amount of the subsidy Falmouth Schools receives per pupil that year. Payment for each semester (half of the total) must be received prior to September 1 and February 1 of the school year.
The professional staff member shall be fully responsible for any and all costs incurred in the education of his or her child with the sole exception that the School Board agrees to waive the full state approved tuition rate.
This tuition-waiver arrangement would end at such point that the parent is no longer employed by the Falmouth School Department, or the parent removes the student from the Falmouth Schools or the Superintendent of Schools determines that the student is no longer able to benefit from continued enrollment in the Falmouth Schools.
All requirements regarding age, health examinations, and immunizations which apply to resident students shall also apply to nonresident students who enroll in the Falmouth Public Schools.
Transportation must be provided by parents or legal guardians. Falmouth School Department is not responsible for the transportation of nonresident students.
The purchase of land in the Town of Falmouth does not entitle the owner to automatically send his or her children to Falmouth Schools. A copy of the building permit and an expected move-in-date must be sent to the Superintendent along with the request for the waiver of nonresident status.
Requests will only be considered provided that:
This enrollment does not reduce the opportunities available to other Falmouth students; the School Department is able to provide appropriate programming for the student; the occupancy date falls within the current school year.
Children of potential residents will be charged state approved tuition rates prorated to cover the period of time they attend Falmouth Schools prior to becoming a resident.
TITLE 20A MRSA SEC. 2701 TITLE 20A MRSA SEC. 5202 TITLE 20A MRSA SEC. 5801
JFABC – Admission of Non-Resident Private Tuition Students
JFABC-E – Privately-Placed, Non-Resident Student Tuition Agreement
Adopted: Prior to 1989
Revised: October 19, 1992
Revised: April 30, 1996
Revised: May 15, 2012