Cost of Summer Bridge estimated at $3.9 million
The Pinellas County School District has attracted more than 6,600 students to summer school as part of a new six-week program to lessen summer learning loss.
Now, into the program's second week, the district has a cost estimate: $3.9 million.
That number, which still could change, hasn't been put out by the district, although the program has been in the works since February. Part of the reason is that it depended a lot on how many students turned up - superintendent Mike Grego targeted 10,000 to 12,000 struggling students. About 9,000 students registered ahead of time.
The program is being paid for with Title I dollars, among others. Title I is federal money meant to provide extra help for students living in poverty. The cost of the program has been split across fiscal years, as is allowed with Title I funds.