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Nov 8, 2016 1:53 PM

Concord School Board will not decide on full-day kindergarten until next year

CONCORD — Concord School Board will not decide on full-day kindergarten until next year.

The budget process begins in January and likely won’t be finalized until the end of March. Some board members originally hoped the issue would be decided by now, according to The Concord Monitor.

About 30 people assembled at the Liberty Street SAU office explicitly stating how they felt the school district should move towards offering full day kindergarten to all students in October. The general consensus showed that almost everyone was in favor of full-day kindergarten classes in order for the children to both learn and play.

As the issue of full-day kindergarten continues to be discussed, some members of a subcommittee of the Concord school board asked officials to show them a budget including a full-day kindergarten program for all students last week.

Last week, the instructional subcommittee members considered two possibilities. One was to run a pilot full-day kindergarten at only one of the elementary schools. The other was to offer a combination of full-day and half-day programs at all schools, targetting expanded opportunities at disadvantaged students. They did not come to a conclusion, the Monitor reports. That discussion will resume at a meeting Nov. 28.

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