Created: 05/22/2014 5:41 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Some Bernalillo County parents are being told they’ll have to pay up to 500 percent more for after-school programs for their kids next school year.
The county government has decided to stop operating its own programs at 10 elementary schools, leaving it to private contractors to provide the service.
The Rio Grande Educational Collaborative is taking over the before-school and after-school programs at Rudolfo Anaya Elementary in Westgate Heights. They call it “academic enrichment”, and the after-school care will cost $64 a week for one kid. In an 18-week semester that would be $1,152, a $927 increase over what that kid’s parents are paying right now. A full school year would cost $2,304.
“That’s $5,000 that we’re going to be paying per year for two children to have after-school care,” said Diana Johnson, whose kids attend Rudolfo Anaya. “It was a huge shock. We’re scrambling to see what we can do to make ends meet.”
Jose Munoz is director of ABC Community School Partnership, the county agency that oversees the programs.
“I can tell you that parents will have opportunities for their kids to participate in after-school planning,” Munoz said. “For some of them it’s free. I don’t think it’s going to cost them more.”
It is free, for low income families who meet the income qualifications. But at this point other parents at Rudolfo Anaya are being asked to register now for a program that could cost as much as 500 percent more in the fall.
Parents at other schools are also facing big increases. Munoz says the county government will work with providers to cut costs and lower prices, but many families are reeling from the shock.