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District pondering full-day K

"It's difficult for our teachers to try and fit in all they need to in a half day. They have a lot that they have to accomplish before moving these students up to first grade," said Smith.

Students are now taking state standardized tests beginning in third grade, and district administrators believe that kindergarten students will be able to retain more attending a full-day program.

Swartz said if full day is approved, teachers will meet with administrators to discuss the changeover.

Hanlon said that a full-day program makes sense for a number of reasons.

"For many children, who may attend a full-day preschool, kindergarten becomes a step backwards. That is why we still have parents putting their children in private schools for the full-day kindergarten and then returning to Scotia Glenville in grade one. On top of that, every other grade goes to school for a full day because it is important for them to have that exposure. Why would we cheat kindergartners out of that experience? The more kids are exposed to academics, the more they are likely to absorb," said Hanlon.'

A forum to discuss the potential change will be held at 7 p.m., Jan.15, at Sacandaga Elementary School. The Board of Education will hold follow up discussions at its Jan. 24 meeting.""

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