Cost of Summer Bridge comes in a little lower than estimated
The cost of Summer Bridge, the Pinellas school district's new summer school program, has come in a bit lower than the projected $3.9 million. It cost about $3.1 million.
The bulk of the cost - $2.5 million - is being paid with categorical money (supplemental academic instruction and K-12 reading.) The rest is coming out of Title 1. The first source is state money; Title 1 is federal.
Superintendent Mike Grego started Summer Bridge this year to address the county's achievement gap by curbing summer learning losses, which are higher for students living in poverty. More than 6,600 elementary and middle school students turned out for it. (See our story about the program here.) High schools offered the usual summer fare of credit recovery and Algebra.
Grego, who announced Summer Bridge in February, has said that a cost estimate would be tough to provide until the district had a better sense of how many students were coming. That's mostly because they needed to hire teachers based on enrollment.
According to the cost breakdown provided by the district, most of the cost - $2.2 million - is going to salaries and benefits. Materials and supplies for the program cost about $900,000. The district says many of the supplies purchased will also be used during the coming school year and for Summer Bridge 2014.