Sverdlovsk Region to build kindergartens with swimming-pools.

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YEKATERINBURG, July 19 (Itar-Tass) — The Sverdlovsk Region will build kindergartens with swimming-pools, under the regional programme for developing pre-school establishments. Incidentally, the cost of one place is to remain intact, Tass learnt at the governor’s public relations service.

The project for pre-school establishments centres this year on a return of kindergartens, handed over to other organisations, and construction of new ones.

“This is ambitious and expensive work, but the plan for construction of new kindergartens for 8,000 children this year will be completed in full. It is necessary to return 50 kindergartens and to build 31 new,” said Governor Alexander Misharin. “Kindergartens should change from the viewpoint of employing new technologies; they should have swimming-pools for sure, taking into account the Ural climate.”

The region raises salaries of workers at pre-school establishments: the wage fund of tutors will rise by 30 percent from September 1, and the wage fund of municipal medics will rise by 50 percent.

Substantial changes had been made earlier in the regional law on education: the matter in question is innovation compensation of expenses to parents for payment for kindergartens. Payments are calculated for state and private licensed kindergartens. For instance compensations will total 20 percent from the payment for the upkeep of the first child, for the fourth and the following – 100 percent.

The February meeting between the Russian president and the governor discussed a system for the development of pre-school establishments. Misharin told Dmitry Medvedev that kindergartens would be opened for 49,000 children. All in all, 55,000 children are on the waiting list in the region.

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