Scotia-Glenville forum dissects full-day kindergarten

If the district implemented a full-day program, it would not have to face any additional costs because those are already factored in with the transitional program. The schools already have the staff and the space to accommodate full-day kindergarten classes and stand to save money by not having to have buses run during the middle of the day, an amount estimated close to $50,000. The district may also be eligible for $800,000 in state aid if it goes to a full-day program.

Students currently take state standardized tests beginning in third grade and district administrators believe that kindergarten students will be able to retain more by attending a full day program.

Swartz said if full-day kindergarten is approved, teachers will meet with administrators to discuss the change. Several kindergarten teachers attended a recent board meeting, where Swartz made it clear they would work on implementing full day if it is passed by the district.

"We, of course, would meet before the fall and work together on getting the full-day program to where we want it to be,"

The board will discuss the issue at the Monday, Jan. 26, meeting at 7 p.m. The board hopes to finalize a decision by the first week of February.""

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