A proposal to enact a fee for all-day kindergarten in the Genoa Schools has been dropped – for now.
An estimated $100 a month fee was slated to begin for the 2012-13 school year when Genoa administrators were rifling through a slew of possible cuts and fees last year to offset a projected $1.2 million in budget losses over a two-year period.
“We did not opt to implement that,” Genoa Schools Treasurer Bill Nye said. “We had some other reductions but the board did not really want to implement that if there was any way they could avoid it.”
The new option had been estimated to save the district about $51,000.
By law, Genoa has to provide a part-time kindergarten program, according to Superintendent Dennis Mock. The district enacted all-day, everyday kindergarten classes several years ago.
And while the monthly tuition fee would have been significantly less than some families would pay for child care, some board members pointed out, it still would be a significant change for the district and residents.
Introducing the kindergarten fee would have been a massive undertaken for the district, Nye explained.
The $100 fee was only an estimate proposed by Nye when the funding crunch was at its height. Had the district moved on the change, there could have been a number of variables that could cause that figure to be higher or lower, he said.
Some of those variables include figuring the number of students opting for the all-day classes as well as how many kindergarteners are eligible for free or reduced lunch programs. The district is obligated to offer those in the lunch programs the all-day kindergarten option free of charge, he explained.