Schools

Fees for OVSD programs will rise

 

THE FINANCIAL IMPACT of the coronavirus pandemic on the Ocean View School District had led to an increase in fees (Shutterstock).

UPDATE: The Ocean View School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve increases in the fees charged for childcare and certain pre-school programs. Norm Westwell cast the sole dissenting vote.

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The price of childcare and fee-based pre-school programs in the Ocean View School District may be going up.

When the Ocean View School District Board of Trustees meets tonight (Tuesday), it will consider increases in response to demands of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our current fee structures do not cover program expenses, resulting in significant losses,” according to the OVSD. The increases will go to pay for more instructional materials (since students are no longer allowed to share them), sanitizing products, a reduced student-to-staff ratio with more staff required to maintain a smaller group size and additional custodial staffing to help sanitize classrooms through the day.

The fees are recommended to be increased by 50 percent to cover costs. The Ocean View Childcare Program for full-time pupils during the school year would range from $480 a month for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten to $360 a month for sixth to eighth graders.

The Ocean View fee-based preschool program for a full day, five days a week would be $1,350 a month, with part-day at $750 a month.

Summer camp for the childcare would be $1200 for a five-week session and in the preschool, $1,350 for a five-week session.

The OVSD board will meet at 6 p.m. via teleconference. OVSD is a K-8 public school system serving northern Huntington Beach and parts of adjacent cities.

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