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Private school struggles

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 12, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The recession is forcing some parents across the country to withdraw their children from private school. Many parents are falling behind on tuition payments, and some are switching kids to public school.

At Byne Christian School in Albany, Headmaster Dave Bess says he's only had a handful of families ask for assistance. Only one child has withdrawn because of financial hardship.

He says that's because Byne offers reasonable tuition rates., at about $4300 per year. But he expects the recession and the Cooper Tire's closing to lead to problems for more families in the next year.

He said, "As we're anticipating what's going on in our nation and what's going on with all these bailouts and all that, yeah, I think next year is going to be tough on our families, so we're making plans for that." Bess says he's ramping up the school's scholarship program, so more families will be able to reach out for assistance instead of withdrawing their children.

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