Park Tudor increases next year’s tuition

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INDIANAPOLIS (February 15, 2016) – With Park Tudor’s re-enrollment deadline looming, the embattled private school informed parents last week that it will be raising tuition rates for the next school year.

The 3.5 percent increase means parents will pay from $17,010 to $20,880 for each child who attends Park Tudor during the 2016-2017 school year. The tuition amount depends on the child’s grade level.

Peter Kraft, Park Tudor’s interim head of school, told parents via email that the percent increase is the same as it has been for the past five years and “is in no way connected to any legal fees that the school might incur.”

“Those costs are entirely separate from any tuition increase, and no additional fees will be passed onto our parent community to cover legal costs,” Kraft wrote in the email dated Feb. 10.

The school hired “a team of attorneys” from two law firms earlier this month after becoming mired in a controversy relating to the alleged conduct of one of its former teachers.

Former Park Tudor basketball coach Kyle Cox was taken into federal custody Feb. 4 amid accusations he repeatedly coerced a 15-year-old student at the school into sending him explicit images. The 31-year-old, who also was a chemistry teacher, was charged with one count of coercion and enticement. Cox resigned from Park Tudor on Dec. 15 after signing a confidentiality agreement with the school.

The federal complaint also raised questions about whether Park Tudor officials impeded law enforcement’s investigation and violated state law by not immediately reporting the suspected abuse to the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Park Tudor’s deadline for re-enrollment is Feb. 22, but Kraft said school officials understand that parents may need additional time. Several parents interviewed by IndyStar said they weren’t sure whether they would keep their children enrolled in Park Tudor.

“You have shown your trust and confidence in our great school during these challenging days, and we realize that our greatest asset remains the strength and quality of our school community,” Kraft wrote in the Feb. 10 email.

“We are great,” he said, “because of you.”

This story was originally published by our partners at the IndyStar (Article written by Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski).

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