Parent upset over $400 plus graduation fee

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- An upset mom called the On Your Side team because she said her daughter won't graduate unless she pays a big fee.

The On Your Side team sprang into action and got to work and we've got results.

Mignon Primer's 18-year-old daughter, Ty'reanna, is itching to graduate.

"She's very much ready to go to college," Primer said.

Her daughter is on a scholarship at the Espirit de Corps Center for Learning which is a K-12 school. Ty'reanna is one of seven seniors in the class.

"All seven children have been on the honor roll all year long," Primer said.

Primer said she got word late last year of a $75 fee, which she thought was for graduation, so she paid it.

"I was adamant that I wasn't going to pay anything else," Primer exclaimed. "I haven't received anything in writing. These children haven't done anything all year long."

But, she said a couple weeks ago she got word that she and other parents owed more than $400 in more fees.

"No explanation, no letters being sent home," Primer said. "No break down. No nothing."

Primer said her daughter told her she couldn't graduate or get transcripts without paying.

"I flipped," Primer exclaimed.

FCN went to the school and spoke to the Curriculum Coordinator, Mrs. Betty White. White politely declined an interview, but said this was the first time hearing of a parent's fee concern. White said the school cares about students and they won't be denied the privilege of graduating.

After FCN got involved, White told First Coast News that parents will not have to pay that large fee and the school will absorb all graduation costs.

White was unable to give FCN a fee break-down, but said money already paid will be credited to students graduation account.

"That's amazing and that's awesome," Primer said. "Because these kids have worked HARD this year."

White has called parents and sent letters home Wednesday evening to ensure things are set for graduation of.


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