January 20th, 2022
Dear Parents and Families,
I hope that you are all doing well and are having a great start to the new year. I am writing to let you know that we have established tuition rates for the 2022-2023 academic year.
As you’ll see below, we remain by far the lowest rate of tuition of any Catholic elementary school in Wright County. We are an incredible value. It is thanks largely to the support of our parish and also in such a large part to the sacrifices of our teachers and staff who choose to work at Saint Timothy’s for the love of our faith, our school, our families, and our children.
The tuition represents only a portion of the actual cost to educate each child. The entire parish supports the school through a generous subsidy each year, subsidizing over 35% of the actual cost of educating your child. The remainder is paid through your hard work and the parish’s generosity in fundraising.
As we know, these past years have been unique and different in many ways. One of those ways has been a growing rate of inflation and cost of living rate and an evolving job market. The dollars that we used to charge for tuition and pay our teachers and staff are not nearly of the same value they were last year.
We strongly want to maintain and thank our staff for the work that they do. To give them a fair increase that would be commensurate with previous increases in terms of actual value and to ensure that we are somewhat competitive with other schools, we want and will need to give them a larger increase in dollar value than in previous years. We want to thank and maintain our staff as best as possible. Therefore, we will need to be raising tuition in a larger increment than usual. As you’ll see below, the rate of tuition will be $3,250 per child with a limit of $8,125.
Again as you’ll see below, this remains by far the lowest rate of tuition in all of Wright County. Please know that this increase is entirely driven and will be reflected by an increased raising of wages for our teachers and staff. Also, this only covers a portion of the necessary increase to stay competitive and the parish will absorb a portion of that increase as well this year. Here is a quick look at the tuition rates of area schools based on the most recent information available:
Mary Queen of Peace, Rogers $4,025
St. Michael, St. Michael $4,400
St. Francis-Xavier, Buffalo $4,000
St. Maximilian Kolbe, Delano $4,300
St. Timothy, Maple Lake $3,250
Since technology has become an essential part of education and a great strength of Saint Timothy’s, we will continue to charge a technology fee. The technology fee will be $50 per child with a limit of $150 per family for grades K-4. Our 5th – 8th grade students will have a $100 per child technology fee, which includes insurance.
As always, any families that wish to have their children attend the school but have financial difficulties may apply for tuition assistance through the Father McGlauchlin Scholarship Fund. Please note that no family will be placed in a position where their children cannot attend our school because of financial difficulty. Please consider applying for this fund, if you are in need. It is designed so that all families are able to provide their children with a Catholic education.
The Church of Saint Timothy can be proud of the fine Catholic school that is available to our families. Through the generosity and commitment of Saint Timothy’s parishioners of all ages, the
tradition of an exceptional spiritual and academic formation continues with our excellent staff and supportive parents. Thank you for choosing to send your children to Saint Timothy’s Catholic School and for your continued support.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father John Meyer