City schools to test ESP at Westwood Middle School
Manchester Board of Education approved a motion during the February board meeting to create a pilot extended school program for middle school age students.
The idea to carry over the afterschool program to Westwood Middle was suggested several months ago by school board Chairman Travis Hillis who said the program should be a big benefit to parents.
“I think this will be a big seller for parents,” Hillis said. “This is something that folks can afford. It’s pay as you go. I really do like this.”
Director of ESP Chad Fletcher brought a proposal before the board to begin offering ESP on March 4 through the end of school weekdays from 4-6 p.m. for a parental cost of $6 per day per student. The plan calls for charging daily rather than by the week like the current elementary schools’ programs.
“We are excited to begin ESP at WMS and believe this will enable us to better serve the children and families in our district,” he said.
Fletcher estimated the program will cost the school district $2,521.50 for the remainder of the year. About half the expense, $1,384, will go to supplies and the remainder would cover staffing (2.5 hours per employee per day or 130 hours at $8.08 per hour). Fletcher will act as site director to save additional money. Students will be supervised by two staff members at all times.
Fletcher said the cost to parents’ charges of $6 per day will be tracked in much the same way a student’s lunch account is tract. Tuition will be due Mondays for the previous week. A late fee of $5 will be applied. A $10 registration fee will also be charged.
Activities for the students may include board games, team building activities, photography, puzzles readers theater, based on students’ interests.
Fletcher said that registration information will be sent home students. The registration form will also be available on the Westwood Middle School webpage.
Families can return the registration form along with the $10 registration fee at WMS Tuesday-Friday from 7-7:45 a.m. or at the Manchester City Schools Central Office (215 E. Fort Street).
Only registered students may attend ESP.
Parents will need to sign their child out of ESP and signs will be placed at WMS to direct parents to the pick-up location, which will be located in a classroom in the 6th-grade hall.
For more information, contact Chad Fletcher at (931) 728-2316 ext 2006.