There's good news and bad news coming out of Lake Benton, Minnesota.
On the positive side, Lake Benton Public Schools will send high school students to South Dakota's own Elkton School District next year. Lake Benton's junior and senior high school building was condemned and voters rejected a bond issues, leaving the district to look for other options.
The bad news? That the same article points out that the state of Minnesota saves $2,800 each time they send a student to South Dakota.
From the MinnPost:
Interestingly, with students' trek across the border, the Lake Benton district will end up making money on the deal, after paying the South Dakota educators tuition for each student, says Cornelius Smit, Lake Benton's interim superintendent.
"We still get the same funding formula per student and we pay the South Dakota tuition rate," Smit said. Turns out it's cheaper to attend school in the sister state because salaries and such are less expensive, Smit said.
Local and state taxes deliver about $8,000 in education funding per secondary student, while tuition at the Elkton school is only $5,250 per student.
That means nearly $2,800 per pupil funding will be available to supplement the cost of providing a good Minnesota education to Lake Benton's kindergarten through sixth-grade students.
Maybe districts bordering Minnesota should invest in some billboards. They could say: "35% off all educations."
We kid, we kid.