VALLEY CENTER, Kan. - Valley Center Schools are battling budget cuts and leaders are looking for ways to pay for the new all-day kindergarten program.The state pays for half day programs and districts like Valley Center need to come up with the other half to pay for all-day kindergarten.
"The reality is we may not be able to pay for all of it," said Superintendent Cory Gibson. "One of the things we've looked at is our neighbors. A lot of them charge a monthly charge for the other half part of the day."
Principal Peter Bastian has seen the benefits of all-day kindergarten at West Elementary. The all-day program was introduced this school year.
"The benefits are leaps and bounds above a half day program," Bastian said. "Now, my teachers in kindergarten can give them that one on one attention."
The district is considering a fee of about $65 per month to help offset some of the additional costs of having kids all day. The district is having to make budget adjustments of 1.35 million dollars.
Decisions will need to be made before the start of the fiscal year on July 1.