bad apples in a coop?
October 5, 2011 5:48 PM Subscribe
Is poor participation normal for a preschool co-op? And if so, how do we fix it?
posted by anonymous to human relations (8 answers total)
My 3 year old is in a preschool co-op 3 days a week. There is a real teacher and parents rotate to be her assistant. Parents also do stuff like 'field trip coordinator' or 'webmaster' or whatever.
There are a number of families that do not/have not:
- joined the Yahoo group listserv
- turned in their kid's paperwork
- turned in their own paperwork
- signed up for a 'job'
- paid tuition
- respond to emails and voicemails about the above issues
- play dumb when asked about these issues during drop off/pick up and at this point they're sometimes rude
School has been in session for a month. The kids got into the preschool in June (and the listserv was created, people were told how to download the forms over 4 months ago.)
There is a rule that after 2 weeks of not paying tuition, there is a $20 daily fee (I upped it from a $5 weekly fee).
There are no hard and fast rules about kid being ejected... All the language is vague.
Yesterday the forms person told the families that haven't turned in the health forms that those parents can't serve their duty days and that next week, kids can't come anymore. (Unfortunately I am trying the get tuition payments from the same people...)
Now, the challenge is that tuition aside, if these people are gone, that's more days everyone else needs to serve... And there is a bit of a cushion, but eventually, the other families would have to pay more tuition.
For those of you that have done this before, are there always people like this in a co-op? And what to do? Kick 'em out? Do we try to extract the unpaid tuition from them or just get over it?