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Yakima school decreases tuition against educational trend

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Saint Paul Cathedral School in Yakima unveiled a new shield today. Yet the school had a bigger, and more surprising, announcement for parents. Their education foundation said they will decrease next year's tuition. This is a move to help the wallets of parents in need, which is the opposite of the education trend.

"Basically our numbers had already fixed our budget and we had room for other students to occupy a place in the regular classrooms that we have right now," said Principal Judy Davis after making the announcement in the school gym.

Davis says she wants to keep the classroom sizes to twenty students, even though she expects a higher enrollment. She has been working with the Saint Paul Education Foundation and Mardi Gras. They wanted to come up with an incentive for struggling parents.

"We encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity. We also recognize some families have two or three children and it might be a difficulty for them," Foundation President Robert Roybal said.

Davis says she timed the announcement for the end of the year to show a new beginning. Saint Paul brought in Bishop Tyson last week. "It's kind of a nice gathering together, to send off for all our hard work."

Monthly tuition next year will drop from $415 to $250. Though Saint Paul Cathedral welcomes anyone, there is a surcharge for those not affiliated with their church.