Some parents of Canisteo-Greenwood juniors and seniors will be seeing a letter in the mail in the near future - telling them to go to court.
The parents of 26 students will receive the letters asking them to appear in small claims court after they failed to pay for college credits their children are receiving in advanced-level classes at the school, according to district Superintendent Lorraine Patti.
Patti said the students are enrolled in Accelerated College Education courses the district offers in conjunction with Corning Community College, and the bill comes in at $1,560 for 104 credit hours of classes at $15 each. Most classes being three credit hours, or four credit hours per semester for foreign language and science classes. The classes are taught by current high school teachers who have been screened and instructed on how to teach college-level classes, and the credits are transferable to most public and private universities in the country.
Nonpayment has not been a major issue in the past, but with the district on a contingent budget, the school board is county every penny.
“We need to be fiscally responsible and recoup that expense,” Patti said.
According to the CCC Web site, the college charges high school students $33 per credit hour.
“We pay all but $15 of the fee,” Patti said, who believes Canisteo-Greenwood is one of a handful of schools who do not pass along the entire fee to students.
Patti added students are notified when they sign up for the courses and the school also has sent two bills to parents who have not paid.
To avoid the issue from now on, Patti said, students, “Will need to pay for the course in advance.”