New York suburb recruits students from other schools

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tucked into the leafy suburbs north of New York City, the Blind Brook-Rye public school district seems to have it all: state-of-the-art classrooms, high test scores and an enviable record of sending graduates to college, including many in the Ivy League.

What it hasn't always had in recent years is enough students. So to keep from laying off teachers and cutting back programs, the district is embarking on a plan to recruit from neighboring districts whose families are willing to pay tuition of more than $20,000 a year — to a public school.

"We believe we have something that's highly attractive, and to use a business term, 'marketable,'" said Superintendent William Stark, whose 1,500-student district has one grade school, one middle school and one high school.

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