Douglas County commissioners approved $43,164 in payments Wednesday to community colleges outside the area serving students from the county.
A state statute requires the county to pay $24 per credit hour to community colleges serving Douglas County students. That's because the county does not offer its own community college.
Commissioner Dean Nieder praised budget specialist Debbie Sparkes for catching several errors in bills the colleges submitted. She saved the county a lot of money, Nieder said.
The majority of the county's out-of-district tuition bills will go to Johnson County Community College, Independence Community College and Neosho County Community College.