Verona Voters to Consider Full-Day Kindergarten and Expansion of Mental Health Efforts


VERONA, NJ - The Verona Board of Education approved a resolution to put two public questions on the ballot in November at its meeting Tuesday.  Voters will have an opportunity to weigh-in on the creation of a full-day kindergarten program and whether or not they want to raise money to expand on Verona's mental health efforts.  

To create the full-day kindergarten program, voters will need to approve the raising of an additional $215,000 which would provide funds for teacher salaries, lunch aides, supplies and textbooks.  If approved the additional taxes would be used exclusively for the kindergarten program.  This is the second time this issue has been posed via ballot -- six years ago the measure failed 3,018 to 2,802.  If it passes this time, full-day kindergarten would begin in January 2019 according to the BOE.

The second public question asks voters to approve the raising of an additional $550,000 to expand Verona’s mental health programming, which would provide for three mental health clinicians and more staff on the Child Study Team. According to the BOE, the question is a result of recommendations by the Action Committee on Mental Health.

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The BOE will have a public presentation on both questions in May.  In addition, the board approved a $2,500 enrollment projection survey noting that the typical graduating class at Verona High School has been approximately 150 students, but the current freshman and sophomore classes are close to 200 students and that the typical class size in the lower grades has grown as well.  

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