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Super to Present Report on Kindergarten Pilot

Return to Lacey Patch at 7:30 p.m. for live coverage of the school board meeting

Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower will be presenting a report on the full day kindergarten pilot program at Tuesday’s Board of Education at 7:30 p.m. in the high school Lecture Hall.

The district unveiled its full day kindergarten pilot in July. The program began in September with 72 students selected through a lottery.

Parents showed concern, stating that the pilot program puts the district on a “slipper slope” as it offers a select few a better education.

Then school board President Jack Martenak said the pilot was a “good step” towards the district’s eventual goal of making full-time kindergarten available to all students.

Brower’s report will unveil the program’s progress and where the district stands moving forward.

In addition to the kindergarten pilot report, the school board will be approving a security badge system for $35,835 to be paid for with grant money.

Please return to Lacey Patch at 7:30 p.m. for live coverage.

A copy of the Board Agenda and Superintendent’s Report is attached to this story.

Robert Yates February 19, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Why don't we eliminate tax funded kindergarten all together? I think it is safe to say that almost every parent in America can teach their children the ABCs, 123s and how to share.
Sharon February 19, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Really Robert? Clearly u do not have young children. My husband and I both work, as does a majority of other parents nowadays. So, that being said, when do you suppose we teach our kids " abc's and 123's"? And to be quite clear, kids are learning in K what most of us learned in 2nd grade. They start learning to read, and math as well. I'm not a trained teacher, so I think I would like my tax dollars to continue to fund our children's education by a professional. This full day K program is great, and I hope all of the children in our district can benefit from it soon!
D.S. February 19, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Dear Mr. Yates, It is quite evident that you do not have a child in kindergarten, or any child in the school system in 2013. If you did, you would be quite aware that what a 5 year old is being taught today, is the equivalent to what a 2nd or 3rd grader used to be taught.
Karen Fitzpatrick February 19, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Get with the times Robert. My granddaughter has learned to spell, read, write, add and subtract since September. It is what my 30 something children learned in first and second grades. She is only in the half day program , I can only imagine what she would have gotten out of a full day program. I believe that should be available to ALL children in this day and age.
Robert Yates February 19, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Okay, so if 5 year olds are learning what we were taught in the 2nd and 3rd grade, that would mean that our graduating seniors should come out of high school with the equivilent education of a junior in college (according to the enlightened ways of today's educators of course). Either that or at some point, they stop teaching the kids for 2 or 3 years. Your deduction is quite wrong as well. I have multiple kids that are eligible to attend school. Please don't take my post to mean that I do not cherish early education. Indeed I do. I just don't see how it's appropriate to force me to pay for semeone else's child to attend kingergarden. Lastly, it does not take a professional to teach kindergarden. A 9 year old can very nicely help a 6 year old learn how to read. And an adult can very easily teach the same as well as perhaps some arthmetic. This can be done after work.
proud February 19, 2013 at 07:54 PM
@Sharon, so what you are really saying is that you want free day care what with your busy schedule. As for your tax dollars, it costs 12K a year per child for this service, so it would by all appearances,seem that you are getting a bargain.
Forked River Piney February 19, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Robert doesn't want to pay for it
Robert Yates February 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Correction: Robert does not want to be forced to pay for it. I think voluntarily contributing to the educational pursuits of less fortunate students is very noble. Heck I would seek such charity myself (as I no longer have the funds to educate my children as I see fit because the town takes several thousand dollars from me each year to educate somebody else) Forcing me to contribute however is immoral as it violates my right to spend my money on the charities that I like (as opposed to the ones that Dr. Brower likes) This is the precise reason that government should be absolutely minimal in a free society.
Sharon February 19, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Robert, do you have any idea how ignorant you sound? Obviously not... I am not looking for free daycare. I am a college educated professional, and my husband and I have a nice life for our family. I currently pay money for preschool so my child can learn, as well as be socialized. We pay taxes in this country for many, many programs. I believe education is extremely important, and I would prefer a college educated teacher to use their knowledge and resources to guide my children. I am extremely impressed by our elementary schools in this town. Our teachers are wonderful, and I do not mind paying our due taxes!!!! This is the way of the world.
proud February 20, 2013 at 01:39 AM
I am so tempted to respond to this, but, as it was directed to Mr. Yates, I shall refrain.
Robert Yates February 20, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I am glad that you are happy paying taxes for public schools. But that is not the point. The taxes you pay do not cover the cost of your child's education unless you pay 10 to 20K in property taxes and have only one child in school. The point is that you are also happy to take my money to pay for what your taxes do not cover. Also simply because we disagree on this topic does not mean that I am ignorant. Perhaps it makes you feel better to toss around such allegations, but think through what I am saying and then justify why I should be forced to pay the balance of what other people's taxes do not cover. Either we are free to educate our children as we see fit or we are not. In this country we are not.
Robert Yates February 20, 2013 at 02:01 AM
proud: please feel free to respond. Often times you word the argument much better than I.
proud February 20, 2013 at 11:24 AM
@Sharon, you state that one goal of sending your child to day care is to be "socialized". While I do not believe it was your your intent, you bring to mind the very valid point that, in fact, socialized education is very well alive in America today. That it exists via a government monopoly restricts both the rights of liberty and property to most Americans, as choice is often not an option in the education of a child. While you choose to pay send your child to day care; many do not. As a child advances in age and educational level, many parents that would otherwise choose to educate outside of the state run system, simply can not afford to do so as they are financially overwhelmed by paying (with their tax dollars) to educate children that are not their own. Unfortunately, all to often this imposition results in a less than optimal product.
donald hinman February 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM
I agree with Mr.Yates. The youth of today is a disgrace. Heroin has ruined them. So has the society we live in. Everyone forgetting about what kept this once great nation strong. HARD WORK. And that is gone. It's only going to get worse. Everyone always looking for a handout from the government. I work hard for my money. And my hard earned tax dollars should not be wasted on kindergarten.
GirlBrain February 20, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Robert. Based on your very controversial opinions, I am surprised you use your full name in your posts.
proud February 20, 2013 at 11:09 PM
@Pl, though I agree with the position of Mr. Yates, I will not answer for him. I will, however,comment on my own circumstances. I did attend school. They were not publicly funded institutions and someone did pay for them.That would be my parents. As local merchants,they also donatedgenerously to the public school system as well as just about every other town organization that I can think of. Yet, they received no property tax credit for the tuition they paid, notwithstanding the fact that my siblings and I received no direct benefit for school taxes that were paid. That being said, pony up!!!!
wookfish February 21, 2013 at 01:44 PM
And D.S. it is a FACT that those taught at an early age level off and those that weren't reached the same level by the 3rd grade.....you full time kindergarten supporters are just looking for a free full time babysitter.
wookfish February 21, 2013 at 01:46 PM
that's 100% correct proud...Sharon ,you had'em you worry about taking care of them...another one looking for a free frick'in hand out
wookfish February 21, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I will proud..You pumped'em out Sharon, YOU pay for'em....liberals ...gimmie, gimmie, gimmie
Lacey Mom February 21, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Some one take a look at the high school seniors and the impressive colleges that they have attended over the past several years. Many have graduated college with honors. They didn't attend full day kindergarten and they are fine. Why are we putting so much pressure on 5 yr olds? Most parents that are in favor of this work full time and want a financial relief. There are many moms out there that struggle financially because they choose to stay at home and are not in favor of full day kindergarten.
Angelo from Newark February 21, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Frank aka proud you do remember you are living on a teachers pension right?
Angelo from Newark February 21, 2013 at 10:00 PM
How much was your irs refund check?
Angelo from Newark February 21, 2013 at 10:01 PM
don't like it proud ya could always move to a third world country oh like texas or any other southern state
proud February 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM
I have reconsidered my position regarding this matter. @Angelo from Newark, being the quintessential candidate for full day kindergarten justifies the program.

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