The Southampton School District has approved a one-year tuition exclusivity deal with the Tuckahoe district that will allow all freshmen next year to attend Southampton High School.
On Tuesday night, the board approved the deal, which will maintain the current tuition rates that Tuckahoe pays Southampton, by a vote of 6-0. Board President Heather McCallion was not present on Tuesday night.
The Tuckahoe Board of Education approved the same deal last week.
According to Southampton Superintendent Dr. Scott Farina, Tuckahoe will pay $21,263 for general education students and $63,298 for special education students for the next school year.
The new accord comes weeks after a proposed merger between the two districts failed to pass muster with Southampton voters, leaving many Tuckahoe parents wondering where their children would attend high school come September, and whether the smaller district would be able to remain open.
According to Tuckahoe business official Keri Loughlin, Tuckahoe currently has budgeted for 13 special education students and 116 regular education students at Southampton next year, for a total of $3,289,382 to be paid to the Southampton district.
With the tuition agreement in place, both districts can now move forward with creating budget proposals for next year. The process is still in the early stages, and taxpayers will vote on a final budget in the spring.