Longer Days for Kindergarteners

District 203 is working towards implementing all-day kindergarten at seven of its schools.

Superintendent Dan Bridges revealed plans at the latest school board meeting that would bring the program to Title I schools next August. Those are institutions that get extra money from the federal government to aid students who are behind academically or at risk of becoming so and include:

-Ellsworth
-Beebe
-Elmwood
-Mill
-River Woods
-Scott
-and Naper

Bridges says the plan is to get at-risk kids into all-day kindergarten as soon as possible while looking at logistics and expenses for a district-wide offering. To implement the program in all schools would cost the district roughly $1.3 million.

Of that, about $300,000 would go towards renovating Ellsworth next summer and about a million dollars towards an addition needed at Naper by the following summer.

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