Miller Creek School District Axes Pre-K Program

The Miller Creek School District in San Rafael will eliminate its transitional kindergarten program as a cost-cutting measure. Though district officials say they move is necessary, many parents are upset. One called the school board’s decision “rushed, irresponsible and arguably deceptive” in a letter to trustees.

Cuts for the 2020-21 school year will save an estimated $700,000. Elimination of transitional kindergarten is just one of the measures the district is taking. Without pre-K, the district will save $420,000.

“Given the unprecedented shutdown of economic activity during the state’s COVID-19 crisis, we are anticipating a significant impact to the state’s ability to fund the governor’s proposed budget for schools for 2020-21,” said Interim Superintendent Becky Rosales in a letter.

“In an ideal world, there would not be any cuts to our truly exceptional programs, but under the current fiscal reality, difficult decisions were made in order to retain fiscal solvency.”

Read more at the Marin Independent Journal.