“This plan does so much for the students of our district and is clearly the most efficient plan as well,” Thomas said, adding that the recommended plan will relieve overcrowding and won’t require redistricting.
The total cost for implementing the plan would be around $930,000 annually, about what the tax rate would generate with the previous year’s rate.
The cost would include the pay and benefits for 13 additional kindergarten teachers and 15 additional para-educators.
Other considered options included all-day kindergarten at each elementary school with mobile classrooms added to overcrowded schools. The total cost to the district the first year would be about $1.86 million, which includes a one-time cost of $480,000 to purchase 12 mobile classrooms.
Adding all-day kindergarten at each school would increase the number of additional teachers to 20 with an additional 20 para-educators at an annual cost of $1.38 million.
The third option explored by Thomas and his staff was the possibility of completely redistricting the county to create space at each elementary school for the additional kindergarten classrooms needed.
After work to redistrict was complete, the district would still need an additional 20 kindergarten teachers and an additional 20 para-educators at an annual cost of $1.38 million.
“We want to be as efficient as we can be in creating this very important education opportunity for our kindergarten students,” Thomas said. “We believe creating the four kindergarten academies will give each child the best opportunity for a quality kindergarten experience.”
The board will consider the plans when it meets 6 p.m. Thursday in the Madison Southern High School auditorium in Berea.
To contact board members regarding all-day kindergarten or any school board issue, visit the district’s website for contact information, www.madison.kyschools.us.
See Sunday’s Richmond Register for a story that will include reaction from Mayfield parents and comments from Superintendent Elmer Thomas.