Re-2 proposes upgraded programs
Western Garfield County Staff
If all goes well, students will be able to participate in after-school academic and enrichment programs at Garfield School District Re-2 schools next year.
While there are already several after-school activities for students, such as Girl and Boy Scouts, the district has not offered any structured after-school curricula in the past. Board members hope to see that change slowly.
Each school will be able to offer whatever programs students, teachers and parents think are most appropriate, provided the school can find instructors and the enrollment is high enough.
If the board approves the proposed fee structure, there will be a $10 fee per student per day for the classes. The goal of the fee is to make the program self-sustaining, said Gary Pack, Re-2 superintendent. Students will be charged on a sliding scale based on the free- and reduced-lunch qualifications.
“There are a lot of opportunities for after-school programs,” Pack said. “They could do a river study on the Colorado River over at Riverside School. If we can find instructors, we can have music classes, guitar classes.”
Pack said instructors do not have to be certified as long as an after-school coordinator, who is a certified teacher working for the district, is supervising the programs and is present in the building.
Pack said he expects instructors will be paid $20 per hour and classes will have to have 10-12 kids enrolled in order to justify the cost of the instructor and the programs coordinator.
Programs will run from the time school gets out until 5 p.m., when activity buses will deliver kids to general areas near their homes.
“We get calls all the time from parents, ‘Can’t we have an after-school program?'” Pack said. ” A lot of people move here from other areas and are used to that. There are a lot of young folks who don’t have much to do between 3 and 6 in the afternoons.”
Pack expects a lot of the classes to focus on academic achievement and helping kids who are behind catch up. He said he also expects it will help some kids get ahead.
“We’re expanding the education opportunities for all of the students,” Pack said.
The Re-2 summer school program will likely look a little different this summer than it has in the past. It will also cost quite a bit more for elementary and middle school students.
“Summer school is right upon us,” Pack said.
That’s why the board plans to make a final decision regarding the summer-school fees at a special board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Learning Opportunity Center in Rifle.
The summer school has existed for years, but the structure and focus will change this year, Pack said.
“We’re going to make sure summer school is aligned to the Colorado standards,” Pack said. “We haven’t always done that in the past. We’ve done good things, but it may not have been aligned.”
In addition, all buildings will offer summer school. Construction projects over the last two or three years have interfered with that.
The fees for elementary and middle school programs will go up dramatically if the board approves the proposed fee structure Tuesday.
Courses used to cost each student $40. This summer, one course will cost $210.
“There used to be federal money to supplement the elementary and middle school programs,” Pack said. “That money is running out now.”
He said the $210 is just enough to make the district break even.
High school summer courses will stay at approximately the same rate of $160 each. High school students can take up to two courses. The younger students can take only one each.
– Summer school will most likely be approved at the Re-2 special board meeting Tuesday.
full price reduced lunch free lunch
Elementary $210 $140 $70
Middle $210 $140 $70
High $160 $107 $53
Before- and after-school programs
Cost per child per day:
full reduced free
price lunch lunch
$10 $8 $6
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