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School District Looking to Charge for Pre-School

The San Bruno Park School Board will be considering a proposal to start a fee-based pre-school program to allow families that can afford it to enroll their children in the school district's program. The existing program would still remain free for others.

With growing interest among local families and declining state funding for pre-school programs, the San Bruno Park School District is looking to try something different next year to keep a public pre-school option available in the city. 

The school board is expected to hear a proposal at to start charging a fee for the district's pre-school program. There are currently three free programs offered at Allen, Belle Air and Rollingwood schools.

Two other pre-schools are run privately on district sites.

Pauahi McGinn, the director of the district's pre-school programs, said the fee-based option would be a great opportunity for families who want their kids enrolled in pre-school but who make too much to qualify for the school district's free program.

Charging a fee would also allow the district to bring in more students and bring back some of the pre-school staff that was laid off this year, McGinn said.

According to a staff report, the district is proposing to charge $25 per day for a three-day-a-week program. At that rate, the district could bring in $40,500, which would cover the cost to re-employ staff and some.

The following is also on today's school board meeting agenda:

  • a final presentation from Belle Air Elementary about the progress of the school under its fifth year in program improvement
  • adopting next year's budget
  • an ongoing discussion about the district's plan to place a parcel tax on the November ballot

Today's school board meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Crestmoor Elementary and will be televised on San Bruno Cable Channel 1.

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Sara Glascock June 14, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I'm still paying for my daughter's year at Happy Hall...
M Z June 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Martin, Do you have a update for the school board meeting from last night? I unfortunately could not be there and am interested in what happened.
Martin Ricard June 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Not yet. But I do plan on posting some follow-up. Was there anything in particular that you were interested in?
M Z June 15, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I am interested in all 3 topics. Thank you.
Martin Ricard June 25, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Just a reminder that the school board has called a special meeting for tomorrow (June 26) to discuss what's going to happen with the parcel tax. 7pm at the district office.

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