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School Board Sets Full Day Kindergarten Tuition Rate, Approves Audit

Kindergarten tuition will stay the same as the current year.

The full day kindergarten tuition rate will stay the same for 2012-2013 as it is for the 2011-2012 school year. Currently, the annual cost for full day kindergarten in the district is $2,275.

The Mehlville School District Board of Education made the unanimous decision Thursday at a meeting in the administration building.

As of November, the district had 679 students enrolled in kindergarten and Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch approximated between 200 and 275 students were in the full day program.

Knobloch said the tuition covered the costs of the program and generated a small, positive revenue for the district without accounting for utilities and space costs. 

The district increased its tuition rate by approximately 10 percent in 2008-2009 and again by 3.4 percent to start the current year.

The Mehlville School District joins five out of 522 school districts in the state to charge tuition for full day kindergarten, according to an article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The other schools are also in St. Louis County: Lindbergh, Webster Groves, Kirkwood and Rockwood.

Out of those schools, Mehlville has the cheapest tuition behind Webster Groves at $3,000.

Board member Larry Felton asked Superintendent Eric Knost to research what it would cost the district to provide a free, full-day kindergarten to residents.

“What are the things we would have to consider as part of a budget, because we’re going to talk about facilities, we’re going to have to talk about personnel, help, what is the stage, if we were really serious about this, what would we have to do?” Felton asked.

Knost said he would prepare a study by the spring.

Editor’s Note: Due to Oakville soccer’s state tournament appearance (and a necessary trip to Kansas City for the editor) look for these follow-ups from the meeting early next week (Go Tigers!):

  • The 2010-2011 district financial audit: the board unanimously approved the audit, which got the highest opinion rating from Daniel Jones & Associates, Certified Public Accountants

  • Filing dates for the two open positions on the school board in April

  • Extending the district’s contract with Charter for internet services. The district voted to approve the extension for two more years due to a savings in the monthly fee. The district currently pays $19,129 per month and will pay $7,000 per month for a savings of $291,096 over two years

  • A pilot e-Learning program beginning in the spring for ninth grade Communication/Arts students

  • The possibility of a at the alternative academy for students who may not be ready for high school, but who have passed the eighth grade starting in the 2012-2013 school year
D Seidel November 18, 2011 at 03:14 PM
One of 5 holdouts in the entire state NOT offering free full day Kindergarten. This is what our kids will compete with as they enter college and global job market.

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