"The demands of first grade are high, and what a full-day K program can allow for is more instructional time, as well as more time for free play. With a half day, by the time you get the kids settled with coats off, you add in snack time, and the time to pack up, you significantly cut down on that two-and-half-hour time period," said Swartz.
Board President Margaret Smith said that she still feel that the transitional program is best. The transitional program goes half day until mid-January when they children then begin to attend full day.
"This program works because it eases the students in," said Smith.
Gary Normington, vice president of the board, asked if the screening process would change if full-day kindergarten is approved.
Swartz said she believes the screenings and placements would remain the same.
Swartz also discussed the idea of a "mini" transition period in the first few weeks of school to allow the children to become acclimated. Swartz said they did a similar program in Shenendehowa, where the half-day students would come in groups of five and they even allowed siblings to stop in.
The board will meet again at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 9, at Glen Worden to make a final decision.""