The Northland Pines finance committee voted this week to recommend expanding 4K district wide from two days per week to four days when the full district board meets Jan 27.
District Administrator Scott Foster said parents in the Eagle River elementary school area are requesting the expansion. The 4K program currently is four days in Land O' Lakes elementary, Charter, and Montessori schools.
“This is an investment that will pay dividends for students in the future,” Foster said. While cost may be a factor Foster felt part of the positive is the ability to attract new students with board president Dave Weber agreeing saying “it will be more attractive for parents to put their kids in.”
With para-professionals and at least one full time teacher the cost is estimated to be around $150,000 per year.
The committee agreed with Foster that the four days would be Monday through Thursday with Friday off district wide rather than having five days per week.