London Schools signs contract for before- and after-school care

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(Posted May 15, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Starting next school year, London City Schools will offer before- and after-school childcare.

On May 14, the school board approved a partnership agreement with Champions Before- and After-School Programs. The company will provide services at London Elementary to families of students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Hours will be 6:30 a.m. to the start of school and from the time of school dismissal until 6 p.m. Champions charges tuition on a weekly basis. For before-school care, the rates are $16 for one or two days per week and $40 for three to five days per week. For after-school care, the rates are $22 for one or two days per week and $55 for three to five days per week. Registration fees apply. Discounts are available for families with more than one child enrolled in the program and for students of school district employees. The school district will receive 5 percent of the revenue.

With the Champions agreement signed, Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer said the next steps are to hire teachers for the program, attain certification, and market the services. He said the rates are competitive with those charged by other before- and after-school child care services in the area.

In other business, the board:

  • approved a resolution to place a request for a five-year renewal of the district’s 1 percent income tax on the November 2019 ballot.
  • extended Kramer’s contract as superintendent for another five years, through July 31, 2024.
  • approved a $21,815 contract with SHP, a design firm, to complete a site plan for the elementary and high school campuses. The purpose is to make short- and long-term plans for facility and property improvements.
  • approved the tentative list of 146 graduates for this year’s commencement, which will take place at 2 p.m. May 26 in the Ray Chadwell Gymnasium at the high school.

During the public comment portion of the school board meeting, Anthony Williams addressed the board about treatment and pay for certified substitute teachers. Williams has served as a substitute teacher for the district since 2010. He said he has not received a raise in the time he has worked for the district.

Williams asked the board to consider implementing a raise for certified substitute teachers and compensating them for longevity of service to the district and for taking on extra work, such as covering more classes, helping with state testing, and taking on long-term substitute jobs.

The board thanked Williams for his input but did not comment otherwise. After the meeting, Kramer said the district raised the pay for certified substitute teachers about three years ago from $90 per day to $105 per day.

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