Full-day kindergarten costs parents $3,200

Full story: Lowell Sun

Dracut kids will soon be able to attend full-day kindergarten, but the class will cost their parents $3,200 for the year.
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Anonymous

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Apr 18, 2010
 
Thank you to the school commitee for ruining the future of the students of Dracut. Most of us in these economic times cannot afford the tuition and our kids will now be starting way behind others in communities that offer all their students full day kindergarten. You are a disappointment to those of us who pay our taxes.
Wondering

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Apr 18, 2010
 
Anonymous wrote:
Most of us in these economic times cannot afford the tuition and our kids will now be starting way behind others in communities that offer all their students full day kindergarten.
"Espindle told The Sun some school districts are already charging for full-day kindergarten. In Andover, parents pay $4,400 for full-day kindergarten for their children, while the fee is $3,000 in North Andover,$4,000 in Tewksbury and $3,400 in Tyngsboro."
Education Reform

Westford, MA

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Apr 18, 2010
 
Anonymous wrote:
Thank you to the school commitee for ruining the future of the students of Dracut. Most of us in these economic times cannot afford the tuition and our kids will now be starting way behind others in communities that offer all their students full day kindergarten. You are a disappointment to those of us who pay our taxes.
Then pay an extra .13 per year in taxes.
Anonymous

Lowell, MA

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Apr 19, 2010
 
Wilmington has free kindergarten because of a grant they have been awarded. Why can't Dracut look into that?
Anonymous Dracut Mom

Dracut, MA

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Apr 19, 2010
 
Anonymous wrote:
Wilmington has free kindergarten because of a grant they have been awarded. Why can't Dracut look into that?
Dracut has a serious shortage of grant writers. That's a problem that often gets overlooked and an investment that would more than pay for itself. Dracut is eligible for several grants not taken advantage of because of its lack of grant writers that affect many areas beyond Kindergarten. It really is a disservice to it's students and school community. For the sake of your students and school community, HIRE MORE GRANT WRITERS!
local guy

Dracut, MA

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Apr 20, 2010
 
have you seen the teens from dracut public schools ? i would use the money to but a home in a better town if i didnt use private schools
latinlady

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Apr 20, 2010
 
local guy wrote:
have you seen the teens from dracut public schools ? i would use the money to but a home in a better town if i didnt use private schools
jajajajaj thats funny
Billy

Lowell, MA

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Apr 20, 2010
 
what are taxes for?
Barbara

Milton, MA

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Apr 20, 2010
 
I live in Dracut and I home schooled my children until they went to first grade. They were the smartest kids in their class.
Save your money if you can and teach them at home. I enjoyed every minute teaching them and they loved learning.
Susan

Lowell, MA

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#11
Apr 21, 2010
 
Time to change all elected board members in Dracut
sean

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Apr 21, 2010
 
this is one of the many reasons I left that state. tax you to death fees on top of fees what a mess
Anonymous Dracut Mom

Dracut, MA

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Apr 25, 2010
 
Wake up Dracut parents...we stand a lot to lose...wave good-bye to the tens of thousands of dollars in grant monies supporting the lottery program currently in place. Although imperfect, it does not discriminate based upon socioeconomic means, however, the proposed program would. Don't forget, tuition rates never remain static and are annually subject to increase. ATTENTION GRANDPARENTS OF FUTURE DRACUT KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS: Ask yourselves where your well-intentioned children will find the money to pay for your grandchild(ren) to attend Full-Day Kindergarten and if they can't find the money, who do you think they'll turn to? Grandparents potentially stand to be significantly affected by this short-sighted proposal as well. They are also old and wise enough to realize they wouldn't be getting their money's worth!
Townie

Lowell, MA

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Apr 25, 2010
 
Billy wrote:
what are taxes for?
our taxes are for Selectmen George Milliaros's health insurance.. Vote him out on May 3rd and maybe this fee increase wouldn't be needed. If you don't vote don't complain.

Vote Brian Bond
Plaint

Tewksbury, MA

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Apr 26, 2010
 
Billy wrote:
what are taxes for?
Complaining about. Later, after taxes are reduced and the services those taxes used to pay for disappear, there's more complaining about THAT.

Taxes are never too low to complain about. Never.
Dracut Resident

Dracut, MA

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May 3, 2010
 
Taxes aren't the issue. Dracut needs Grant Writers tapping into Grant Monies, Public and Private, its eligible for so its already cash-strapped families aren't expected to shoulder the program's financial burden (MANY cities/towns have fully-funded full-day K programs). Grant Writers are paid a percentage of monies drawn into their Districts -- if they don't produce, they don't get paid -- an excellent motivator! Fees don't remain static -- they increase. This proposal just tests the waters for more fees intended to charge District parents. Was anyone aware the School Committee wants to raise busing fees to cover costs of uncollected fees, thereby expecting District families paying to shoulder the burden of those who don't? Why not withhold diplomas, like Public and Private Colleges/Universities, until all unpaid bills are paid instead of unfairly burdening already financially overburdened families with covering District losses? Have the foresight to see beyond the issue and realize its not limited to its specifics, rather, just a stepping stone for something bigger -- just like Matt Sheehan and others using School Committee seats to aspire to something bigger. Did anyone ever question what qualifies someone with no higher education, no children in the Public School System whose only role thusfar has been student to understand and take responsibility for critical issues affecting staff, students and parents? How can he possibly get issues facing staff and parents when the only possible group he can relate to is students and, even then, he has already graduated and isn't necessarily familiar with conditions facing today's students. Our schools are more overcrowded each year, especially since the economic downturn caused many families previously using private schools to turn to our Public Schools whose children will likely remain in order to spare the strain of transferring and making new friends all over again. Stop allowing local politicians to pull the wool over your eyes and think to yourself "What's in it for them?" After all, all except one have no children currently enrolled in our Public Schools and the rest are either single with no children, no higher education or, at best, are grandparents. Ask them the current cost of diapers, wipes, formula, town athletics or even a grocery bill for a family of 4 or more to see if they're in touch with the reality of financial strains facing District families -- their constituency. Imagine having the nerve to suggest parents shoulder the burden of a fee-based program when the District is riddled with issues including, but not limited to: MCAS AYP, Accreditation and the need for a new DHS building? Address issues currently facing the District, not to mention the Bullying plaguing our students, and then worry about adding new programs. Wouldn't it be foolish throwing away $80K+ in Grant Funding currently supporting our lottery program? How about local preschools offering supplemental Kindergarten enrichment programs -- what would happen to locally employed staff should their enrollment drop? That's right, your relatives, friends and neighbors stand to lose their jobs and/or businesses over this program -- incidentally, did anyone notice the suggested fee undercuts that of local preschool enrichment programs and Catholic School Programs? Fully-Funded, Full-Day Kindergarten would be a tremendous improvement to our Public School System; however, shamelessly funneling monies used to support local business and their employees to a "Public" School System is reprehensible. "Public" means "open to all" and "for community use". Fee-based Public School education programs are a gross perversion of the accessibility intended in the very founding of such systems. Public libraries and public parks have no admission fees -- what's next if we allow our "Public" Schools to start charging fees -- will other "Public" programs start looking toward admission and/or other fees too?
New to Dracut

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May 8, 2010
 
I have a 4 year old and I was trying to find out how much kindergarten was for when he starts next year. My question is half days must be offered and is that at no cost??? What are half days considered does anyone know? Will full days be offered starting in the fall of 2010?
Concerned Mom

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May 24, 2010
 
New to Dracut wrote:
I have a 4 year old and I was trying to find out how much kindergarten was for when he starts next year. My question is half days must be offered and is that at no cost??? What are half days considered does anyone know? Will full days be offered starting in the fall of 2010?
I too would like an answer, don't they have to offer 1/2 day for free? My son is in 1/2 day now, but my other child willl be in in 2 years....am I forced to pay? I can't afford that!!! What are we to do? If it is for full day, I guess I get it, towns like Arlington do this to..but they do offer 1/2 day for free
Concerned Mom

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May 24, 2010
 
Anonymous Dracut Mom wrote:
Wake up Dracut parents...we stand a lot to lose...wave good-bye to the tens of thousands of dollars in grant monies supporting the lottery program currently in place. Although imperfect, it does not discriminate based upon socioeconomic means, however, the proposed program would. Don't forget, tuition rates never remain static and are annually subject to increase. ATTENTION GRANDPARENTS OF FUTURE DRACUT KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS: Ask yourselves where your well-intentioned children will find the money to pay for your grandchild(ren) to attend Full-Day Kindergarten and if they can't find the money, who do you think they'll turn to? Grandparents potentially stand to be significantly affected by this short-sighted proposal as well. They are also old and wise enough to realize they wouldn't be getting their money's worth!
I agree currently the FY 2010 cap for tuition is 4,000 for the year for full day k..that is alot of money!!!! And of course Dracut is trying to get as close to the cal as possiable nothing like looking out for the best interest of the child!!!!!
Concerned Mom

Dracut, MA

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May 24, 2010
 
THAT equates to 320 a month!!!!! I don't even pay that for pre-school!!!!
Concerned Mom

Dracut, MA

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May 24, 2010
 
Education Reform wrote:
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Then pay an extra .13 per year in taxes.
Are you serious? AN extra .13 in taxes is not going to solve the problem, I for one do not have 3400 for educating my child in the public school system, it is a lot of money for some families, especially in these time,....I will also be paying for pre-school at the same time, I want my children to get a great education and I love Dracut, but they need to consider the economic times...as is Brookside has 4 half day classes and 2 full day and the school is overcrowded how are they going to find the classroom space for all these full day classes???

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