Perrysburg eyes district options for kindergarten PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 07 February 2013 11:42
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PERRYSBURG - A potential funding model from the state for kindergarten had the school board talking Tuesday.
During the board's monthly work session, Superintendent Tom Hosler informed members of a proposal from Columbus in which there would be differentiated funding for half-day and all-day kindergarten.
Currently, the state funds all kindergartens at 50 percent, meaning districts receive funding for kindergartners at half the rate they receive for other students.
Under the new proposal, half-day kindergarten would be funded by the state at 50 percent, and all-day kindergarten would be funded at 100 percent.
The district now receives $1,600 for a full-time student, and $800 for a kindergarten student.
Perrysburg currently offers both half-day and full-day kindergarten. There are 174 all-day kindergarten students, with a fee of $285 per month for the option.
The proposal is far from certain, as it must still make its way through the legislature in the biennial budget this summer.
Among the considerations for the district is whether to switch over to a full-time kindergarten model.
Hosler said he has told parents that, if such a move is made, due to space considerations in the elementaries, students would be placed where there is room.
"Do we want to create a situation where we're spending additional money sending kids across the district?" he said.
"We have to think about the impact that it has on our physical plant and space, as well."
"We do a great job with our current program, and have a lot of parents who prefer the half-day program," he said later.
In other news, the board:
• voted to recognize Competitive Cheer as an indoor sport for the 2012-2013 school year. The vote was preceded by a brief discussion over some concerns over safety in the sport.
• went into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. No action was taken afterwards.

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