January 14, 2012 in Washington Voices

CV to hike kindergarten tuition

 

The Central Valley School Board voted unanimously Monday to raise tuition for all-day kindergarten by $5 a month.

Tim Nootenboom, executive director of elementary education, told the board that tuition covers the program’s costs. The district receives no state funds to offset the cost of an all-day program.

This year, families who qualify for free lunches pay $300 a month to send their children to the all-day class. If they qualify for reduced lunches, it’s $305 a month. If they don’t qualify for either, families pay $310 a month.

For the 2012-’13 school year, each of these fees will go up by $5. The $40 fee to register your child will remain unchanged.

The fees are used to cover materials, supplies, teacher time, educational assistant time and the administrative costs of processing tuition checks.

“In the current fee schedule, we have been able to operate a break-even program,” Nootenboom wrote in his report to the board. “In working with the business department, we anticipate some additional indirect costs and therefore propose the following fee schedule for the 2012-’13 school year to ensure the continuation of a break-even program.”

Staff writer Lisa Leinberger can be reached at lisal@spokesman.com or (509) 459-5449.

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