Board of Trustees accepts grant from NFA Foundation


The Norwich Free Academy Board of Trustees tonight voted to accept a $1.3 million grant from the NFA Foundation to provide additional support for the Academy’s educational programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. As a result of this grant, the Board of Trustees also announced it would be holding tuition for its partner districts at current levels, foregoing a previously approved 3% increase approved in January.

“The NFA Foundation and its board have time and time again been incredibly generous supporters of the students and staff at Norwich Free Academy,” said DeVol Joyner, chair of the NFA Board of Trustees. “Since 2013, the NFA Foundation has provided nearly $11 million in programmatic support. On behalf of the NFA students, faculty and leadership, I extend my thanks to the NFA Foundation board for its continued generosity and support of our programs.”

In January of this year, the NFA board adopted an overall budget of $37,845,081, a 3.38% increase over the previous year. That budget included a 3% general education tuition increase for the partner districts of Bozrah, Canterbury, Franklin, Lisbon, Norwich, Preston, Sprague and Voluntown. The approved budget included $1.75 million in support from the NFA Foundation. With this additional grant, the NFA Foundation is providing more than $3 million to support students, faculty and programs in the 2020-2021 academic year. 

General tuition was slated to rise to $13,375 per student ($13,175 for Norwich students). It will remain at $12,985 ($12,785 for Norwich students). All special education costs will also remain the same.

Joyner entered into discussion with the NFA Foundation earlier this week after the NFA finance committee authorized him to do so. The discussion was spurred by requests from NFA’s partner districts about overall budget impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These are incredibly challenging times for all of us,” said Joyner. “What’s most important is that NFA continue to be the leader in secondary education and provide unparalleled opportunities for our students. We are able to provide those opportunities due to the generous support of the NFA Foundation."