MELROSE, MA — The school committee on Tuesday night approved a price increase for preschool and after-school programs, leading some members to worry about rising costs to local families.
The price of after-school education stations for K-5 has increased by 50 cents per hour. The annual cost for 3:30 p.m. pickups is $1,674.50 and for 5:30 p.m. pickups is $4,408.
Franklin’s preschool tuition price has increased by 5%. The cost for two days is $4,174.75, three days is $6,133.54, and five days is $9,095.54.
Both raises passed unanimously, with the exception of Dorie Withey, who abstained due to the use of education positions.
A family using the 5:30 p.m. Education Station pickups and the five-day preschool program would owe $13,503.54.
“That’s a lot of money,” Jen Razi-Thomas said. “And I know the cost of everything is going up. I’m just very concerned about that. I mean, it’s a real problem.”
Finance and Administrative Affairs Director Leia DiLorenzo-Secor said the price increases are in response to rising costs for supplies, fuel “and everything else that’s going on in the world right now.”
Jen McAndrew said she wasn’t “very thrilled” with the rising costs, adding that she hopes such hikes don’t become the norm.
McAndrew also urged the district to see if there is a way to offer the education positions less than five days a week.