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.