All-day K on agenda

School Board to discuss curriculum and needs for program

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What: Steamboat Springs School Board meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. today

Where: Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.

Call: District offices at 879-1530 for more information

On the 'Net

A list of answers to questions about tuition, enrollment and curriculum for all-day kindergarten in the 2008-09 school year is on the Steamboat Springs School District Web site, www.sssd.k12.co.us. Click the "kindergarten" link on the right side of the page.

— The Steamboat Springs School Board will discuss proposed curriculum for an all-day kindergarten program for the 2008-09 school year at its meeting tonight.

District Curriculum and Instruction Director JoAnne Hilton-Gabeler submitted a sample schedule for a half-day and a full-day program to School Board members, as well as ideas on how the proposed curriculum would meet kindergarten standards, School Board Vice President Denise Connelly said.

"Part of what they had to do was figure out was what the schedule would look like, what the curriculum would look like, what they would do with full-time teachers and how many aides they would need," Connelly said.

Once those things are determined, the next step for the School Board is to finalize tuition costs and enrollment plans, she said.

The sample part-time and full-time schedules have the same basic curriculum for the first two hours and 25 minutes of the day, Connelly said, with the full-time schedule extending time spent on reading aloud, literacy and math applications, recess and specials such as art or music later in the day.

The School Board also will discuss how all-day kindergarten works in the Hayden and South Routt school districts.

According to a list of answers to frequently asked questions on the Steamboat Springs School District Web site, the district plans to offer three full-day kindergarten classes at each school, as well as two half-day options at Soda Creek Elementary School and one half-day option at Strawberry Park Elementary School. The document sets tuition at $572 a month for 10 months, with a possibility for scholarships.

Connelly said curriculum developers plan to meet the needs of all families that signed up for full- or half-day kindergarten during a preliminary registration period.

Comments

LoveSBS 5 years, 11 months ago

The tuition cost for the full day program should be reviewed and carefully audited throughout the school year.

With a proposed 110 full day kindergarteners:

110 students x $572 per month x 10 months = $629,200 of new revenue that the school board is collecting, while providing these children an extra 3-4 hours of education each day.

I support all day kindergarten, but this amount of money seems very high. I would like to see a detailed budget for how this money will be spent. Possibly the Pilot could report this information for the public.

Parents writing the $5720 check for their kid to go to all day kindergarten should be assured that every dime will go towards these 110 kids paying for the program, and not to other unrelated school board expenses or extra programs for children outside of all-day kindergarten.

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Nitro 5 years, 11 months ago

Charging tuition for public education - isn't that an oxymoron?

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dogdog 5 years, 11 months ago

$572! Wow, they are PROUD of their program. Similar programs charge $125-$250. At this rate a class of 17 would generate $97,240! The teacher will need to be paid, (about $22K for 1/2 time teacher) and perhaps a part-time aide for kids that need it, and some materials and supplies, but no other extra costs be incured (the principal is already there, as are the janitors, and the lights and heat are already on) so the justification for this cost would be......

And to address the above comment, the state ,which constitutionally is responsible for public ed provides funding for only 1/2, so now you don't have to think the same as you did before reading this.

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mama 5 years, 11 months ago

Nitro: The state of Colorado considers kindergarteners 1/2 students and therefore only pays the school district fpr 1/2 a child (hence the program originally being 1/2 day) . Now that it is a full day program, money needs to come in from other places as the state wont pay the full cost.

The question remains however, is the price excessive? Audits are definitely in order. I second LoveSBS's comments and hope the Pilot and fellow parents will stay on top of it.

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SilverSpoon 5 years, 11 months ago

You need to pay for the old superintendant for another year plus the new one. $200,000 + $160,000. $360,000 is well under the $630,000 in new revenue for the school. Also, the kindergarten should be competitive with private pre-school. You can't undercut the private pre-schools or daycare? Or can you?

Really, this situation is robbing peter to pay paul. The school always tries to be run as a profitable institution, so that the admin gets the profits, and the tax payers get the shaft. The teachers and the students are stuck somewhere in the middle.

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kkcmsw 5 years, 11 months ago

Wow, I am new to the state and did not realize that there wasn't already a full day kindergarten. I did not realize how behind CO was when it come to education, I knew it ranked pretty low in comparison to most states, but wow! My question is, are there going to be scholarships or some kind of money for the parents who believe that their child could benifit from a full day kindergarten but can not afford the (outrageous-crazy!) tuition? Or are the Steamboat PUBLIC schools only offering a better education to kids who have wealthy parents? Also, does one get to chose which public school they send their money and kindergartener to? If I had the money to pay for a full day I would want my money buy great teachers and curriculum and I would feel that I had should have a choice in which school I send my child to. Let's just hope that I am out of this state by the time my kids are of school age.

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natv63 5 years, 11 months ago

Soroco has had all day kindergarten since 1966. They have yet to benefit from the 1/2 cent sales tax, and still find a way to provide all day K. We squander away more money than they operate on. Makes you wonder.

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Chris Elliott 5 years, 11 months ago

They are not hiring a 1/2 time teacher, they have to hire two or three full time teachers for kindergarten, atleast one more specials teacher, special education providers, lunch room attendents etc., This program should not be rushed into. I would like to see it wait a year, when the buildings are established and the program does not have to be put together over the summer.

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SilverSpoon 5 years, 11 months ago

forthekids. This is not rushing in. A big hot topic for steamboat is child care. If you break down the cost of adding a half day of kindergarten, you'll find that the added cost of crayons and curious george books gets passed down to parents via "donations" to the classroom or "fundraisers". The special needs workers are overworked and under paid, so hire a few more generous people who will do the hardest work for $8.00/hr and no benefits. Hireing more teachers should be no big deal. 3 teachers at $35k/yr, leaves a $500,000 surplus to squander. I agree, we should study what aspen pays for full day kindergarten, if they have it.

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natv63 5 years, 11 months ago

Yes we need to find out how they do it in Aspen, not our lowly second class neighbors at Soroco twenty miles south of us. They've only been doing it for 42 years.

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