District Works to Identify New Revenue Sources, Grow Enrollment
May 2, 2018 - Featured in Connections budget issue
How can a school district invest in its education program without increasing its expenses?
For Queensbury, the answer lies in several new strategies that aim to generate outside revenue and increase student enrollment. Those strategies include identifying new tuition streams, increasing program eligibility for expense-based aid reimbursements and expanding efforts to attract new families to the local community.
“We’re taking an entrepreneurial look at some of our programming,” explained Assistant Superintendent for Business Scott Whittemore.
One example of that entrepreneurial view is a regional expansion of the rigorous, two-year International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Queensbury High School has opened IB enrollment to rising juniors from other area school districts beginning with the 2018-19 school year. Successful applicants will enroll through BOCES, with their home districts paying aidable tuition fees.
“It took several years to implement IB, so I’m pleased we’re able to offer this opportunity to other districts through BOCES,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Douglas W. Huntley.
A new Global Scholars program also will allow international students ages 15-18 years with an F1 visa to experience education in Queensbury while living with local host families.
“This will enrich our student body and enrich the culture of our district,” said Huntley.
Both programs are structured to follow existing Board of Education policies regarding the enrollment of non-resident students.
Another revenue-boosting strategy involved working with BOCES to ensure more existing programs and services can qualify for BOCES aid reimbursements from the state. As a result, Queensbury Union Free School District is now eligible for state aid to support its Educational Vistas assessment tools and the services provided at the school-based Behavioral Health Center @ Parsons.
The district also aims to boost enrollment and state aid by attracting new families to the Queensbury area. In March, it held a Realtor Open House (pictured above) and provided agents with a tip sheet to help homebuyers find their ideal school community.