PERRY -- Tuition for children of Houston County school employees who live out of county will be slightly less this year.
The Houston County school board approved Tuesday a yearly fee of $2,190, which is $164 less than the previous year. Tuition dropped due to a decrease in certified employee health insurance expenses, though officials expect tuition to increase in the future as health insurance costs are predicted to rise, said Stephen Thublin, assistant superintendent of finance and business operations.
Employees who live outside the district can enroll their children in Houston County schools for a fee. Currently, 50 to 60 Houston County students live out of county.
The board of education also approved the second phase of gym upgrades. The $1.7 million project includes 16 elementary and middle schools, giving the schools new gym lights, floors and paint, as well as new bleachers in some middle schools.
The board also recognized several school cafeterias for earning perfect health scores for three to 10 consecutive years. Those schools receiving perfect scores for a decade are Bonaire Elementary, Miller Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Perdue Primary and Tucker Elementary.
Also during the meeting, Robins Air Force Base and Parent Advocates for Students and Schools handed out its Positive Impact awards to Huntington Middle School and Rodney Johnson, a teacher at Huntington Middle.
The majority of military children in middle school attend Huntington Middle, which offers several military-based programs, such as a support group for students whose parents are deployed, officials say. Additionally, Johnson has taken on several projects, such as bringing speakers from the base to motivate students before state tests.
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