The District 203 School Board unanimously voted to implement phase II of all day kindergarten.
The program is currently offered at half the schools as part of phase I but will be available at the remaining seven schools for the 2014 – 2015 school year.
Administrators expect about 500 additional students would enroll in the district-wide all-day kindergarten, requiring bus routes to be modified, 11 more full-time teachers to be hired, and new furnishings and technology to be purchased for 22 additional classrooms.
That would amount to roughly $1.3 million in start-up costs, plus an annual ongoing expense of $1.9 million.
Administrators and educators agree more time in the classroom will better prepare kindergartners for future success.
The D204 school board joined the District 203 Board in refuting a resolution proposed by the Illinois Association of School Boards.
The resolution states that each local board has the right to determine its own curriculum, including “opposing any mandated curriculum that comes from the common core standards.”
Both districts’ board members say this is poorly written and confusing, as the common core doesn’t mandate curriculum, just the standards.
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