Extra programs at schools generate revenue
Westborough - The bleak economic forecast has affected all town departments, and the School Department is no exception.
The School Committee spends every dollar carefully while Director of Student Services Nancy Spitulnik pens grant proposals designed to help improve the quality of learning and Superintendent Anne Towle accepts donations from area businesses such as the Chateau Restaurant and the Roche Bros. supermarket chain.
One area that's the source of pride for the School Department is its community education program. Under the direction of Kim Sholler, the program oversees Spirit Zone (before- and after-school care), the K-6 enrichment program, Mill Pond's Homework Club, private music instruction and tutoring, and Summer Camp and Summer Mini-Camp Enrollment.
In the last five academic years, those programs have undergone exceptional growth and are beginning to show a profit.
As of Jan. 30, the Spirit Zone had brought in net revenue of $65,659.96, while music instruction and tutoring brought in $6,206. Also as of Jan. 30, the enrichment program and Homework Club had brought in a combined $9,661.80, and the Summer Camp and Summer Mini- Camp showed net revenue of $35,878.91.
It all adds up to a combined net revenue of $117,406.67.
"Kim has just done a fantastic job with the community education program," Towle said. "Not only are the revenues at all-time highs, but the participation is off the charts, too. I think it's safe to say that the growth we've seen in the community education program has exceeded our wildest dreams and hopes."
Revenue and participation growth of the program have gone hand-in-hand.
Five years ago, during the 2003-2004 academic year, a total of 74 students participated in Spirit Zone. This academic year that number is 306.
Mill Pond School had 29 students in its program in 2003-2004; this year that number is 76. At Armstrong the number was 21 in 2003-2004; this year it's 88. At Hastings the number was 14; now it's 74. At Fales it was 10; it is 68.
The Homework Club in 2004-2005 had 19 students; this year there are 122. Private music instruction and tutoring in 2004 had 30 students and a total of 180 lessons were given. This year there are 55 students and a total of 415 lessons.
Summer Camp enrollment in 2004 was 86 students; last
" summer it was 447. Mini- Camp in 2004 was 188; last year, 451.
"I don't think we can begin to express our appreciation for the work Kim has done," Westborough School Committee Chair Rod Jané said. "Her tireless efforts have brought revenue into the School Department at a crucial time. We're facing many, many issues, but it's good to know that not only are the after-school and summer programs not part of those issues, but the revenue from them will be used to help in other areas."
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