At the September meeting of the Board of Education, district leaders renewed four such programs aimed at aiding the development of elementary school children.
For a total amount of $3,389, the school district re-upped: a Handwriting/Fine Motor Skills Club for $522; a Math Skills Club for $522; a Social Skills Club for $261; and a Music Club for $1,042.
That funding was unchanged from previous years, according to Superintendent Kevin Kitchenman. All four after-school programs are aimed at assisting students at Oakview Elementary School, and are effective immediately.
In February, Kitchenman stated the district might have to
cut into its budget for at-risk students; in May, Kitchenman stated in a
presentation to the public that funding for at-risk students would continue.
However, the district had to cut the implementation of a gym floor at Oakview, a project that would’ve cost $25,000, and a fire-alarm system for Greenfields, which was projected to cost $250,000.
The district also has saved money helping at-risk students at the high school level. In four years, the district has saved $149,000 through the West Deptford Alternative School, and no one dropped out of the system this past year.