For Immediate Release: February 8, 2018
Contact: Nora Shoptaw (336) 370-8386
Media Desk (336) 574-5730
Board Approves Cost Increase for Afterschool Care
$4 Increase is first change since 2008-09
Greensboro, N.C. – For the first time in 10 years, GCS will raise the cost of its Afterschool Care Enrichment Services (ACES) program for the 2018-19 school year. The school board approved the $4 weekly increase at its meeting Thursday.
The weekly cost of afterschool care will increase from $46 to $50, effective in August 2018. The last increase was in 2008-09, from $40 to $46. Families will also be charged a fee of $5 per week for delayed payment and will be assessed a $50 deposit per child per year. Annual enrollment fees of $15 and all-day fees of $8 during teacher workdays will remain unchanged.
The adjusted cost will offset an increase in salaries, benefits and administrative costs. The program, which serves more than 4,000 children in 57 locations, is currently operating at a $300,000 deficit.
In looking ahead to the 2019-2020 school year, the board also approved a motion for the district’s staff to review other alternatives or options for after-school childcare.
Even with the increase, GCS is charging less than many other nonprofit programs for afterschool care, and less than large districts such as Cumberland, Wake and Charlotte-Mecklenburg school systems.
“We are always reluctant to request more from our parents financially, but we also must continue to support our staff, who do an excellent job teaching students after the school day is over,” says Angie Henry, chief financial officer.
The ACES program focuses on academic, enrichment and recreational activities, as well as character development, and serves students in grades K-5.
About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, the 47th largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, and serves more than 73,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com
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