EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

Latest News

October 10, 2013

N.H. school districts mull full-day kindergarten

Full-day kindergarten an option in more local schools

In 2009, New Hampshire became the last state in the nation to mandate public schools offer kindergarten. Now, some districts are taking it a step farther.

Full-day kindergarten is being explored in several districts, but some districts already offer it.

“We believe it’s been a successful program, based on student scores,” Derry superintendent Laura Nelson said. “We believe the students have shown improvement since we started it.”

Derry has offered full-day kindergarten at each of its elementary schools since 2011. Parents pay $3,500 each year to send their kids to school for the entire day.

“We aren’t looking for it to be a money-maker,” Nelson said. “We are just charging enough for it to be self-funded.”

At Timberlane and Hampstead, superintendent Earl Metzler has decided he wants to pursue all-day kindergarten, but officials are still trying to iron out the details.

“We are going to look and see if we are able to budget it,” Metzler said. “If that’s unable to happen, then it will be a fee-based program.”

At Sanborn, they switched to full-time kindergarten districtwide this year.

“We put it in the budget last year, and were able to accommodate it through staffing changes,” superintendent Brian Blake said. “By also cutting out the midday bus routes, money that would have gone for transportation is now going toward our staff.”

Nelson said switching to district-wide full-day kindergarten isn’t being considered right now.

“We are very pleased with being able to provide options for parents,” she said.

Metzler said the reaction he’s gotten from parents has been overwhelmingly positive.

“Lots of young parents are excited about this,” he said. “To be able to have their kids in school all day is a big benefit to them.”

It’s something that could even attract families to a district.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News

AP Video
Joy Fills Streets of Cleveland As LeBron Returns Proposed Bill to Regulate NY Costumed Characters WH: LeBron's Move a 'Powerful Statement' Ana Ortiz on 'Devious Maids' Finale CDC Addresses Lab Safety Problems Texas Shooting Suspect Collapses in Court Death Toll Tops 100 As Israel Offense Continues LeBron James Says He's Returning to Cavaliers Man Flees Police in World Cup Scalping Scheme Robot Writes Jewish Torah Scroll Raw: Israel, Gaza Exchange Rocket Fire More Immigrants Detained Along Rio Grande World Cup Final Pits Argentina Against Germany Police: Prostitute Linked to 2nd Death Thousands Attend NYC Firefighter's Funeral Art of Haitian Machete Fighting Revived Raw: Australia Hosts Annual Beer Can Regatta Mass. Mayor: Families Lost Everything in Fire Fans Dying to Be Near Jazz Greats Robots Gearing Up for Their Own 'World Cup'
Photos of the Week