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|Kindergarten In Framingham|
|In Framingham, we have 690 kindergarten students across 38
classrooms in our elementary schools, as shown in the table
below. Kindergarten is paid for by tuition on a sliding
The application form specifying the documents needed to sign up can be found at http://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/2005Kbooklet.pdf .
This document specifies a sliding scale tuition ranging from $90 to $2500 per year. Half-day kindergarten is less than 3 hours, while full-day kindergarten is about 6 hours.
Minimum residency requirements require a lease agreement and a utility bill from the last two months. Bilingual programs in Spanish and Portuguese are available.
When the school committee is stating that they are cramped in space, the notion that 38 classrooms are taken by non-state mandated school programs is difficult to swallow. Of course, this does not include BLOCKS or Pre-Kindergarten
Kindergarten is a financial gray area. Here, the school committee is mixing private funds and public funds and not doing a good accounting job of delineating the two.
David Proule provided me with financial information but it does seem to cover those expenses that are found on the town side numbers, like health insurance, retirement, medicare, etc.
Kindergarten financials that are not state mandated should be in a totally separate fund that specifies starting/ending balances, income, expenses (clearly and completely itemized, liabilities, etc.... and reported in a separate audit report.
Compare our prices with KinderCare (see "Find a Center") that runs a center in the TJX building (770 Cochicuate Road) (hours 0730-1800) for $256 per week. Our kindergarten only costs $70 per week for 9 months.
Where does the School Committee get a mandate to give away the taxpayers money at their discretion?
Recently, the School Committee also reduced tuition for all-day kindergarten from $3,500 to $3,200. The rate had been hiked in December 2008 from $2,800 to $3,500. Officials in December said every family will pay the $3,500 maximum since the program's tuition is based on a family's ability to pay. About 60 percent of families pay less than $1,000. Currently, about 80 percent of the town's kindergartners attend a full-day classes.
|Kindergarten Revolving Fund (09/22/2005)|
|Ending Fund Balance||400,602|
|Kindergarten Operating Budget (09/22/2005)|
|Salaries, Assistant Teacher||$240,237|
|Addt'l Salaries, Subs||$31,999|
|Kindergarten Enhancement Grant (09/22/2005)|
|Contracted Services, Insurance||$28,953|
|Travel, Prof. Dev||$2,065|
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