After-school plan delayed to Oct. 1 at H.W. Mountz

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SPRING LAKE — The start date of H.W. Mountz Elementary School’s new Tiger Den After Care program has been postponed to Oct. 1 due to low enrollment.

The Spring Lake Board of Education approved a resolution postponing the start date of the program at its meeting on Monday night.

“I’m a little bit disappointed to recommend we wait to start our Tiger Den After Care program until Oct. 1 pending sufficient enrollment in the program,” said Superintendent Raymond Boccuti.

Interested parents had until Friday, Aug. 18 to register their children in the program. According to Dr. Boccuti, the district only had three students registered.

“[Three is] not enough to cover costs,” said Mr. Boccuti. “We felt we could get a viable program off the ground for as little as 12 to 15 students. Three is not quite enough.”

However, the start date of the program can be moved up to the second week of September if enrollment increases. According to Dr. Boccuti, the school plans to readvertise the program on the school’s website, in an e-blast and during back to school night.

“I think we just need to pull back a little bit,” said Mr. Boccuti. “I know there are a few parents who could really use it on day one, and I would love to provide that for them … I do think it’s still that story if you build it, they will come.”

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