To help bridge a gap created by the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District eliminating a chunk of bus service routes, the city could spend $124,200 in matching funds to create a new afterschool program.
If approved at Monday's City Council meeting, parents would pay $115 monthly tuition for students to participate in arts and crafts and recreational activities, watch movies and do homework between the time school is out and when a parent or guardian can pick them up.
The city-sponsored Social Overall Academic and Recreation program, or SOAR for short, will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to 120 students at Lake Canyon, Marengo Ranch and River Oaks elementary schools.
Unlike the state-funded After-School Education and Safety Program, students enrolled in SOAR will not be required to meet specific requirements related to proficiency.
For SOAR, the program could be expanded to 100 students per site. If necessary, the city council could be asked for additional money to expand the program.
The $124,200 will be used for staff and supplies, according to a report.
In June, the school board voted to eliminate most bus routes except those in the rural area due to a lack of state funding.
The Galt City Council is holding a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday as to not conflict with Tuesday's National Night Out event. The meeting is in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 380 Civic Drive, Galt.