JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro School Board approved a proposed tuition increase for the Pre-K program.
According to Karen Swift, the director of the district's Pre-K program, they will increase tuition by $10 beginning August 2018.
"We have a very high-quality program here at Jonesboro Pre-K, and tuition is just one of the pieces that runs the program here at Flint," Swift said. "We have a budget of about $1.4 million and we have 11 certified teachers and 11 paraprofessionals with 9 of those having associate's degree or higher, so we maintain a very high quality."
The new cost will impact a few programs at the Pre-K Flint location.
The regular school day for private pay students will go from $90 a week to $100 weekly.
Private pay students who attend the after-care program will soon pay $12 weekly.
"Our JPS employees will be considered after school because most of them work until 4 p.m., so they will pay $95 for extended-day, which is the same price they have been paying, but they will not be paying for regular school-day hours, they'll get the hours of 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.," Swift said.
The Jonesboro Pre-K program has not seen an increase in tuition in several years.
"We want to stay competitive with other programs, but we also want to get a little bit closer to the cost of staffing certified teachers in our classrooms," Swift said. "We have the support of our school district, we have the Arkansas Better Chance grant and the Child Development Grant. Because of that, we are able to embrace diversity and give every student the same opportunities here."
The increased tuition will help maintain high-quality learning for students.
The tuition increase only impacts students at the Pre-K Flint location not Pre-K North students.