Court Rules Against St. Basil Academy in Tuition Dispute

Source: The National Herald | Theodore Kalmoukas

ALBANY, NY – The New York State Court of Appeals on January 5 ruled against St. Basil Academy on its long standing dispute with the Garrison school district regarding tuition fees for those of St. Basil children that are not Garrison residents.

The unanimous opinion, delivered by Judge Pigott, described that “this appeal presents the question of whether a school district is obligated to pay for the educational costs of the children living in a child care institution located within district boundaries,” and, in affirming the lower court’s opinion, concluded that “a school district is not obligated to provide a tuition-free education to those children determined to be nonresidents of the school district.”

St. Basil is located within the Garrison district and primarily houses “Greek Orthodox children whose parents are unable to care for them due to circumstances such as death, abuse, neglect, disability or poverty.

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