The Osakis School District will offer a pre-school program starting with the 2019-2020 school year, following approval of the details at the Monday, Feb. 11 regular School Board meeting.

Elementary Principal Shad Schmidt presented the plan to the board, including days offered, tuition, and concerns.

The School Board approved offering three and five day programs, called "parents' choice," with preference being given to parents who chose the five full-day format.

The district presently offers half day pre-school on Tuesday and Thursday for 3 and 4-year-olds, plus Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE). Currently, tuition for the two half days a week is $85 per month, with a reduced rate of $50 month for Free and Reduced Meal (FR) recipients.

The proposed tuition for the new program will be $125 per month for half days, Monday-Wednesday-Friday, with $75 for FR.

Cost for full days, three days a week will be $285 per month (FR $170);

Cost for full days, five days a week will be $475 per month (FR $300) with a $50 deposit. If tuition is paid in full for the year, there will be a 10 percent discount.

Schmidt told the board the tuition rate is based on an average of 19 school days per month, at the daily rate of $23.75 a day.

In order to begin the program, a minimum of eight students is required for full days. Maximum for full days is 16 students.

Registration for the full days must be completed by May 1,

Schmidt said space and classroom issues, bathrooms, motor room/equipment; and state standards and legal requirements are being addressed.