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Bethlehem school board eyes all-day K

District officials also said they believe the state will soon mandate full-day kindergarten, and funds to pay for it will not be available at another time.

Parent Rebecca Lane said a state mandate for full-day kindergarten is hardly a done deal.

"Is there a bill in the Legislature now?" asked Lane. "It is my understanding the Board of Regents bill died in committee."

Although the state Board of Regents is calling for a full-day kindergarten program, there is no bill in the Legislature. Gov. Eliot Spitzer has spoken in favor of the proposal, though.

Board member Lynne Lenhardt requested the district provide the board with information at the next meeting showing the pros and cons of half-day kindergarten.

The next meeting of the Bethlehem school board is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6, at 7 p.m. at the district office on Adams Place. The district is inviting the public to attend if they have questions or concerns regarding the proposal.

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