Pay for K - Kindergarten Survey
Kind of having a "grrrrr" moment here with Communications at the district. They are having this interesting game with me of "you're media; no, you're not media". I am allegedly on their "media" list and yet I don't get their media updates. I missed a press conference recently because I didn't get invited. However, that's my dispute to figure out but apparently they sent out info I think is important (that I received via a third party) but here you are:
Dear SPS families and families with young children:
Please respond to this survey as soon as possible. Responses received by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16th will be shared with the School Board during the budget work session that evening and will help guide budget decisions. We will continue to accept responses to the survey through Friday February 18.
The state of Washington funds only half-day kindergarten (there are a few exceptions to this for high poverty schools). For many years our district has added funding for a further half day to ensure there would be one full day kindergarten available in every school. Over the years schools added "pay for K" programs as more and more families wanted full day K for their children. For the 2010-11 school year, we implemented a standard $207 per month Pay for K program across the district. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch receive tuition waivers.
With the severe budget crisis, we are considering various options to balance the budget and one is related to Kindergarten services. We want your feedback about these options. Thank you.
Please forward to any and all parent e-mail lists especially if your school is alternative.