WOONSOCKET – The latest plan to resurrect full-day kindergarten is more taxpayer-friendly than ever and no longer envisions the use of any classroom space at the Woonsocket Middle School complex, officials say.
Joseph Spagna, business manager for the Woonsocket Education Department, said initial forecasts that full-day kindergarten would result in a one-time increase of $688,000 in state aid next fiscal year were far too conservative and based on an inaccurate reading of education reimbursement schedules provided to the city by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Under the new state funding formula for education, local schools would receive $688,800 during the fiscal year that begins July 1, but that’s not all. The same figure would be compounded during each of the next three fiscal years, resulting in a net receipt of $6.9 million in new revenue through 2018 – far more than it would actually cost to run full-day kindergarten programs during that period.
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