Concerns over the future of CCISD's latchkey program continue. It's in jeopardy because of money and the district has said electric and custodial costs are adding up and it wants the city of Corpus Christi to chip in for expenses.
We spoke with CCISD Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez who says the district has a good partnership with the city, who oversees the latchkey program but the district can't afford to spend any more on latchkey. Dr. Hernandez wants to know, what the city is doing with the tuition money.
As we've reported, the city runs that program and uses CCISD facilities free of charge. But the school district says after-hours electrical and custodial bills add up to $400,000 a year and now neither the school district nor the city want to pick up that tab.
Dr. Hernandez says the district wants to keep the program going but has other priorities in the budget, like academics, teachers, transportation, and food service. He said, "The fact that the students that are in the latchkey program right now are paying tuition, just raises the question, where and how is that tuition being used? Because we're not getting any of that."
We spoke with the city's Parks and Rec Director, Jay Ellington who said the program is self-funded and pays for things like latchkey employee salaries, supplies for students and any food for those students.