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Mohonasen mulls full-day kindergarten

According to Adrienne Leon, spokeswoman for the Mohonasen Central School District, full-day kindergarten is the norm in most other parts of the state, from rural to urban.

Leon said funding for the program would come partly from federal and state aid, not the general budget.

"Five kindergarten teachers would be hired," she said. "They would be paid for through grant funding so it wouldn't be part of the general fund budget."

Leon said that part of the federal stimulus money includes grant funding.

"It's an additional sum of money for grant and grant funding that's included in that stimulus package, so a portion of that grant funding would be used to pay for the teachers," said Leon.

She also noted that the state offers something called "transition aid," which is money that the school receives in the second year after they implement the full-day program to help cover the costs of the transition.

Full-day kindergarten, if adopted, would start in September 2009.

District officials will continue discussing the proposal in the coming weeks.

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