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Full-Day Kindergarten Closer to Reality in Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District

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Dr. Margaret Hayes, superintendent of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood school district, discussed the prospect of full-day kindergarten in the district's five elementary schools. Credits: John Mooney
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SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- SPFK12 school superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes has sent a letter to parents to inform them that if the district implements full-day kindregarten next year, all five elementary schools would offer the option. Parents will be asked at the time of registration if they would prefer a half-day or full-day program.

Dr. Hayes could not confirm whether the district had made the decision to implement full-day kindergarten at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday evening. However, she confirmed that kindergarten-sized classrooms, which are larger than those for other grades, are being constructed at Evergreen and McGinn schools.

Construction costs are being paid for through the district's operating budget (Capital Reserve Acccount), which means that a bond referendum was not required to fund the work. 

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The school district will determine whether it can proceed with implementation of full-day kindergarten by March 1, 2016. The decision hinges upon whether the district gets enough state aid to support the implementation's increased staffing costs, as well as the progress of the classroom construction.

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