Students who live outside Charleston County but own property and attend school here will have to start paying tuition during the 2013-14 school year.

The change won’t apply to students currently enrolled in the district; they will be allowed to continue attending county schools at no charge.

The tuition for students new to the district will vary, but it’s roughly equivalent to the district’s average revenue per child – that was roughly $6,400 last year – minus the total of property taxes the student paid.

The school board agreed to the change in a 5-3 vote Monday during a special meeting to discuss the issue. Those dissenting were members Vice Chairwoman Cindy Bohn Coats, Elizabeth Kandrac and Brian Thomas. Board member Toya Hampton Green wasn’t present.

State law permits students who reside in other districts to attend county schools if they own a piece of county property assessed at $300 or more. The practices in district statewide varies, and the Charleston school board agreed last week to begin charging tuition to those students.

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