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Nov 3, 2016 1:53 PM

Members of Concord School Board subcommittee ask to see budget with full-day kindergarten


CONCORD — As the issue of full-day kindergarten is further discussed, some members of a subcommittee of the Concord school board have asked officials to show them a budget including a full-day kindergarten program for all students.

The noncommittal recommendation Wednesday showed that school board members are unsure how they can afford the plan within the budget that they agree is in the best interest of the young students, according to The Concord Monitor.

The full board will decide Monday whether to go through with the subcommittee's recommendation or not. The committee is also planning to request that administrators also bring forth a "plan B," in case full-day kindergarten proves too expensive, the Monitor reports.

The budget process will formally begin in January and taxpayers hope to study the issue further.

Previous reports show that it will cost nearly $1 million in staff expenses and about $200,000 in furniture and supplies to implement full-day kindergarten. That alone would amount to a tax increase of about $83 for the owner of an average home.

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