Private Schools for Students with Disabilities
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December 21, 2006
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23-4.2(i), attached are the 2007-2008 full day tentative per diem tuition rates for private schools for students with disabilities. Also attached are the 2005-2006 commissioner certified tuition rates and adjustments for private schools.
Tentative Per Diem Rates for 2007-2008 – Exhibit A
The attached list indicates the maximum tentative per diem tuition rate (column 1) each private school is approved to charge in the 2007-2008 school year. These rates are the maximum rates a private school may tentatively charge local school districts, unless a higher tentative per diem tuition rate is approved by the department based on the process on the following page. For your information, also included is the 2006-2007 enrolled days in the private school’s calendar (column 2) and the 2007-2008 projected school year tentative tuition rates (column 3) based on the amounts in columns 2 and 3.
A private school must charge the same amount to all local school districts. It is very important that the local school district contact the private school to determine the tentative per diem tuition rate the private school will be charging for the 2007-2008 school year and the number of enrolled days the private school anticipates in the 2007-2008 school year. It is possible that the number of enrolled days reflected in column 2 for the 2006-2007 school year may change in the 2007-2008 school year, which would increase or decrease the total school year tentative tuition rate charged. A written contractual agreement between the private school and local school district must establish the tentative per diem tuition rate and the number of enrolled days in the school year for each pupil.
Application for a Higher Tuition Rate
If the tentative per diem tuition rate places an undue financial hardship on the private school, a higher tentative per diem tuition rate may be approved by the Department of Education through a request submitted no later than January 31, 2007 pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-4.2(j). Private schools interested in requesting a higher per diem tuition rate should contact Jim Verner at (609) 984-4229 or Elise Sadler-Williams at (609) 777-4483 concerning the application procedure. This information will also be available on the department’s website for private schools for students with disabilities.
Application for a Rate by Type
N.J.A.C. 6A:23-4.1 et seq. allows private schools to charge separate tuition rates by class type, if the required accounting records are maintained. Any private school interested in charging separate tuition rates by class type should contact Jim Verner at (609) 984-4229 or Elise Sadler-Williams at (609) 777-4483 concerning the application procedure. The request must be submitted no later than January 31, 2007.
Additional Rate for Extraordinary Services
An additional tuition rate (separate from the rate contained in this memorandum) may be approved by the sending districts for a particular pupil who requires extraordinary services. Once the sending district agrees to pay for a pupil’s extraordinary services, the sending district board of education shall notify the Commissioner within 30 days of such agreement. The notification shall include the pupil’s initials, the name of the private school, the type of extraordinary service(s) and the cost of the additional service(s).
2005-2006 Commissioner Certified Tuition Rates and Adjustments – Exhibit B
The Office of Fiscal Policy and Planning is currently reviewing the private school audited financial statements to determine if the audit meets the department’s compliance requirements. Exhibit B will be posted on the department’s website for private schools for students with disabilities and if errors are discovered during the desk review of an audit, the revised certified tuition rates and adjustments will be posted at http://www.nj.gov/njded/finance/fp/psd.shtml.
Questions concerning this memorandum should be referred to Jim Verner at (609) 984-4229 or Elise Sadler-Williams at (609) 777-4483.
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