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POLL: Should the District Offer Full-Time Kindergarten to Some Students?

Question of the day looks at the school district's full-time kindergarten pilot program

The school district will be

Some residents are looking forward to the new program, saying that full-time kindergarten is desperately needed in Lacey. Others, expressed disappointment in how it’s being introduced.

This September there will be one full-day kindergarten class per elementary school with a class size of 24, district Supervisor of Humanities William Zylinski said.

School Board President Jack Martenak explained at the July meeting that previously there were six sections of half-day kindergarten in each elementary school. Now, there will be four sections of half-day and one full-day kindergarten class in each elementary school.

There will be a selection process through an anonymous lottery that will be done publicly, Zylinski said.

Some Lacey Patch commenters have previously said that having some kindergartens in full-time and others in half-day will create a gap and that the program shouldn’t be offered if it’s not offered to everyone.

What do you think? Should the district wait to offer full-time kindergarten until it's available to everyone? Cast your vote in the poll below and explain your reasoning in the comment section.

GB Shore July 28, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I don't think the town is, but the leadership is....
Bytheweigh July 30, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Re-read LtownGirl what you said............................. "this full day gives the teacher a chance to slow down the pace in the classroom and really explain what is going on and dedicate time to more needed areas and allows more one on one with the students in class. the curriculum wouldn't change and each student will come out knowing the same things but hopefully a full day will gave a stronger impact on the students work." This is EXACTLY what will give the full day kids an advantage, more one on one time, slower pace, perhaps a stronger impact on the students work. The current half day program/curriculum is basically based on a full day guideline, regardless of time allotment, however, it is time that is needed, that will essentially benefit the teaching of these children. More time = a better understanding, which in turn results in an academic advantage, no matter how you slice it. A full day program would be any kindergarten teacher's dream! It should be postponed till everyone, students, teachers, and parents alike, can benefit.
Miche August 02, 2012 at 11:43 PM
As a parent and a dad that is now living in lacey, shame on this district for holding a lottery so a four year old gets a better chance than say a six year old! Who is the person or persons responsible for this.EVERYONE should look into this im sure there is a legal component that has been overlooked shame on you all!!
Miche August 02, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Miche August 02, 2012 at 11:46 PM


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