Swartz has argued that the majority of districts in the state, including many of those in the Capital District, have had full-day kindergarten for years. She said the state is asking more and more of kindergarten teachers, who may not have enough time in the day to meet those expectations as well as children's needs.
The district will receive a one-time initiative payment from the state for $800,000. Swartz said the district has not yet allocated how that money will be spent, but it will most likely go toward aiding the cost for the transition to full day, including training kindergarten teachers before the start of school. The district will see savings in the transportation area of about $50,000 by eliminating the mid-day bus run.