Several Terre Haute parents of kindergarten students received a welcome surprise in the form of a refund for the payments made toward a full day kindergarten program. This was the first year for the parent fee-based option at seven Vigo County School Corporation schools that had previously only offered half-day kindergarten.
Assistant Director of Elementary Education Christi Fenton says because of the pilot year, the district set the fees high to guarantee the program for the year and still cover any shortfalls that might occur. Instead, Fenton says the state full-day kindergarten grant was higher than anticipated and more families opted into the program than originally planned, creating a surplus in funding.
“At the state level, we don‘t ever know how much we‘re gonna get in the state kindergarten, full-day kindergarten grant, and that was also increased this year and so we generated more funds in regard to the state allocation,” Fenton says.
Fenton says the refund amounte to approximately 30 percent of what parents paid, depending upon their status of full tuition, reduced, or free textbook recipients. Fenton says based on this year‘s known costs for the program, the fee schedule will be adjusted accordingly for next year.