The Spray School District in Wheeler County is opening a second domitory for out-of-district students, mostly international students from all over the world. It already has one dorm with six students. A second dorm will give them six more. The district does this to keep their school open and financially viable. With only 40-45 students without these imports, the additional 6-12 students give them a more viable size.
From the online brochure “Seeking High School Boarding Students” (here):
The District has two separate family style boarding facilities, one for boys and the other for girls. Each home has a dorm parent(s) and six students that live together for the school year. Two students share a room. Meals are home cooked. Each house provides comfortable study and gathering spaces with wireless internet, phone and satelite services. Typical costs are between $1200 and $1500 a year, which includes education and housing.
The State of Oregon pays some of the costs of these boarding students through its State School Fund. From State Department of Education reports, the 2010-11 operating cost per student (report #59, here) in the Spray School District was $28,032, well above the statewide average (Portland Public Schools spends between $13,200 and $15,000 per student per year (here)). For the 2012-13 school year, the State School Fund paid Spray $7,369 per Extended ADMw (an adjusted per student measure). PPS received $6,286 per Extended ADMW (here). However, through the corrections for “Remote Elementary School” and “Small High School,” Spray gets paid for an additional 72 students (see photo). Thus, for each actual students in Spray, the State School Fund pays more than double, or over $15,000 per student.