wants to know what parents think about a proposal to offer all-day kindergarten.
A short survey, available in both English and Spanish, will be sent home Tuesday with all K-12 students. Parents are asked to complete the survey and return it by June 6. The questionnaire is also available on the Valley View website by clicking HERE.
Among the questions on the survey:
- Is this a good idea?
- Would you be willing to pay approximately $150 per month for your child to attend?
- Would you be willing to have your child transported to another school if every school does not offer an all-day program?
Director of Community Relations Larry Randa said the survey is intended to help a district committee gather information on whether community members are interested in all-day kindergarten.
“It’s purely in the informational stage,” he said. “They’re just gauging interest right now.”
Randa said the committee likely will meet in mid- to late June to discuss the results of the survey and eventually will bring a recommendation to incoming Supt. James Mitchem. Mitchem would then make a recommendation to the board of education.
The proposed $150 per month fee is also currently tentative.
“[The committee] just came up with the cost based what they think it will cost the district,” Randa said.
Nearby districts that offer all-day kindergarten include Troy School District 30C, which charges a $136 per year fee, and Indian Prairie District 204, which has implemented a $75 registration fee for the all-day program.
Other details that need to be worked out include logistics, Randa said. Depending on how many parents would opt for the all-day program versus half-day kindergarten, space could be an issue.
“There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered,” he said.
If the board does decide to offer an all-day program, it would most likely not be implemented until the 2012-13 school year, Randa said.