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Full-day kindergarten explored | Preston Citizen

Full-day kindergarten explored

January 9, 2014


Assistant editor

A grant opportunity to offer optional full-day kindergarten in the West Side School District is being explored by officials.

If grant funding is secured it would be an extension of the current kindergarten program, according to superintendent Spencer Barzee.

“Attendance at full-day, every day, kindergarten would be so students could get added instruction. However, it would be completely optional,” said Barzee. “Students would attend five days a week for a full day or every day for one half of the day. We conducted a survey of all parents of upcoming kindergarten students and about 50 percent are interested.

“The grant would come through the Idaho Department of Education. We should know if we are successful in obtaining the grant in April. The total price for the grant has not been determined.”

Barzee said remodeling work on the kitchen area adjacent to the Dahle Community Center has recently been completed. This area will serve as the middle school faculty lounge and a place for light-food preparation for refreshments when community members rent the facility, adjacent to the library in the Beutler Middle School.

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