Most of the private school vouchers made available by a new state law have yet to be claimed. More than a thousand students have signed up for vouchers to attend private schools this year. That‘s out of 7500 authorized by the law. Greenwood Christian Academy has enrolled 10 students with vouchers, which Headmaster Bruce Peters said is about what he expected. He noted the vouchers are capped at $4500, depending on family income, some vouchers are for half that much. Greenwood Christian‘s tuition ranges from $4300 for elementary school pupils to $6600 for high school students. The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, which operates schools in Hamilton County and nine others, notes the law didn‘t take effect until July 1. Director Marie Williams said that didn‘t leave parents much time to plan for the new school year.
“The preparation period has been kind of tight,” said Williams. “The legislation and procedures and everything were put in place long past the normal time that we do enrollment.”
She said there might be more voucher enrollments next year when the number of vouchers available will double.