The education of LOA students costs less than the education of other students in the county. The original facility to house the LOA students adds approximately one (.99) mil to the millage rate. As an example, this amounts to approximately $40.00 per year added to the school taxes on a home valued at $100,000.00. This amount is decreased substantially by the use of ESPLOST funds to pay for facilities. It is estimated by the Greene County ESPLOST Committee that over 60% of these funds come from citizens who are not residents of Greene County.
LOA is funded like every school in Greene County from State and Local funds directed to the Greene County School System for the education of its students. The students at LOA are part of the Greene County School System.
No, LOA does not receive more funding per student than other student attending Greene County Schools. State Law requires that Charter Schools be funded at the same level as other public schools in the district. The state formula for per student funding is dictated by the number of students at LOA compared to the total number of students in the district. That percentage is equal to the state and local funding per student that a charter school can receive.