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The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana October 2, 1987 Washington Catholic High School Classes are "well established" and "off to a good start" at Washington Catholic High School, according to the Principal, Sister Joseph Louise English, S.P., who says there is a general good attitude on the part of teachers and students. Classes began August 24. Above at left and right, students work in the computer room. At left, the school library provides a place for study. Guidelines require parents to meet tuition obligations By MARY ANN HUGHES Message Staff Writer In August of this year, ap- proximately 170 students from both Memorial and Mater Dei high schools in Evansville owed $140,000 in tuition from the 1986-87 school year. By September 1, 1987, that amount had dropped to $19,000, clue mainly to guidelines established by the Evansville Catholic High School Board's Compliance Committee. The guidelines, which were established in 1985, require that a student's finances be cur- rent before that student is allowed to enroll in either Evansville Catholic high school. Tom Corcoran, president of the ECHS Board, said the guidelines were instituted because the board ha d a deficit budget. "We were running in the red," he said, "and a reasonable number of people were not meeting their tuition  obligations." He estimated five percent of the total number of families "were not paying the total amount" of tuition. At first, parent reaction was "mixed" to the guidelines, Cor- coran said. However, now "parents understand what the obligation is." Gerry Adams, principal at: Memori,High School, noted that there are some students "'...parents understand what the obligation is. "' --Tom Corcoran Board President currently enrolled who are still paying on last year's tuition. "They are showing a 'good faith' effort." Adams added, :"The com- pliance committee does not want to exclude students from school because they have back due tuition." He said principals from both Evansville Catholic high schools "try to work with parents everyway we can -- because we want them in Catholic schools." Compliance Committee Guidelines for students with finandes not current are as follows: -- If a student's financial obligations are not current, the family must submit a written plan to the principal detailing how they plan to bring the finances up-to-date. The plan will show the method, amount and timeline proposed to bring the student finances current. -- The written plan requires approval of the principal and compliance committee prior to the student enrolling for classes for the up-coming semester. If the balance is large, at least one-half of the balance is re- quired by registration. The other half must follow regularly during the next two semesters. In addition, the current year's tuition and fees must be kept up-to-date. Seniors must have their balance current prior to their graduation. If the written plan is not fulfilled, then the student may be dismissed at the end of the semester. -- An incoming freshman student cannot register if an older family member's financial balance is outstanding. -- The compliance commit- tee will not approve a written plan which relies on a windfall, like a tax refund. -- Crisis situations, such as t prolonged illness, continued principal is needed. After the unemployment, bankruptcy, meeting the parents must sub- will necessitate a revision to the mit to the principal a written written financial plan. financial plan. The final ap- -- When a student's payment proval or disapproval lies with of tuition and fees is not cur- rent, a meeting with the school the ECHS Board Compliance Committee. YOUR FAMILY PHARMACY Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellemeade Avenue Phone 477-1532 Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery Duncan's Riverside Pharmacy Prescription Service Drugs-Sundries-Cosmet/cs Magazines - "We Deliver" Corner Riverside and Governor Evansville 422-9981 Newburgh Pharmacy BILL REINE, Pharmacist Complete Proscription Service and Health Supplies Phone 853-6166 PAUL'S Pharmacy Paul Mayer, Owner 2170 W. Franklin St. 425-7141 Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. Welnbach Ave. LARRY SCHULTHEIS, Prop. 425-4422 B - o . Stratman's Pharmacy City-Wide D01ivory 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293