On April 28, the Pre-K 4 SA Board of Directors unanimously approved a $36.5 million operating budget for the new Fiscal Year beginning July 1 and its new school year beginning August 25. This is the second balanced budget funded by voter approved 1/8 cent local sales tax and state Pre-K matching funds.
The budget reflects the opening of two additional 50,000 square foot education centers currently being constructed on the East side and the West side that will complement the existing North and South Education Centers. With an education center in each quadrant of the City, 1,500 students will be served in the new school year, up from 700 students funded within the current school year.
The largest staffing improvement from FY 2014 to FY 2015 is the addition of Master Teachers and Teacher Assistants. A total of 52 additional Master Teachers and 52 Teacher Assistants are funded to continue a 2 to 20 teacher to student ratio in all classrooms within each of the four education centers.
The budget continues funding for free and expanded transportation services, healthy and freshly prepared meals, and free early care and extended day care for working parents and parents who are full-time students.
Funding also is allocated for continuing the independent program evaluation that will provide the community with a “report card” on Pre-K 4 SA’s progress. The first progress report will be available this August.
The Board of Directors adopted the FY 2015 Pre-K 4 SA budget will now go to City Council for approval on May 15, as required.