Officials mull growth, changes

Officials mull growth, changes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventFish and others from the district met Tuesday with the school board and child-care employees to discuss ways the programs will be groomed, from custodians to classrooms. Changes start with a new director who will soon be hired to oversee the programs and will serve in a principal-like role over preschool and child care at the schools. Programs are not available at all school sites. Tuition for the programs is expected to eventually increase, but district officials said they haven’t reviewed the budget yet to know what the new fees will be. Before- and after-school care for a first-grader costs $76 a week at the district. The same type of service at a local private day-care center costs more than $120. Rick Grove, assistant superintendent of personnel, said tuition had not been increased for the programs for this school year, but that there was a 15 percent hike for the 2004-05 school calendar. In addition, he said the new tuition rates will reflect costs from construction soon to happen at a few schools to accommodate the programs, from renovating a building to installing new bathrooms. SAUGUS – School-based child care started as an idea for the Saugus Union School District more than 15 years ago and has since grown into a program that includes preschool and nets more than $5.4 million annually. Opened in 1990 with about 185 kids, today the tuition-based service accommodates nearly 2,110 with before- and after-school child care and preschool. Now district officials are looking for ways to develop the services as they continue to grow. “We’ve got some great things going on at our sites, and now it seems the time to grow on it,” said Superintendent Judy Fish. “It has to be self-sufficient,” Fish said of the programs’ operations and their costs. “We can’t use funds for K-6 to pay for child care.” Many child-care directors from the schools attended the meeting and expressed relief at the changes under consideration. The women told the board about struggles they’ve had with the programs, from high staff turnover to finding enough space for their students, among Girl Scouts, book fairs and other after-school activities taking place on campuses. “Those little things will make a big difference, because they’ll see us as part of the school and not child care,” said Mary Gilbert, child-care director at Mountain View School. [email protected] (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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