Full-Day Kindergarten Decision Still up in the Air

State officials want more information before moving forward.

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The decision to implement full-day kindergarten in Woonsocket public schools this fall is still in question.

At a meeting Monday night, state Budget Commission officials said they won’t consider the change until the School Department submits more information, The Woonsocket Call reported.

At the Monday night meeting, residents, taxpayers and community members argued against the costs and impacts of such a program.

The decision to move to a full-day kindergarten program followed an announcement last July from the Woonsocket General Assembly Delegation that $500,000 had been added to the 2014 state budget to fund full-day Kindergarten in the city. 

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Paul Corey February 26, 2014 at 01:37 PM
Most people would agree that all day K is a better educational program than half day K. However, this city has been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy for years now, and we want to fund a program with what money. The state grant doesn't even fund half of the monies needed. You are also going to warehouse the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in the two new middle schools. That will force overcrowding and not an environment we good learning can take place. My children are grown, but I can tell you that I would not want my 5th grade student mingling with mature 8th grade students. This will happen no matter what the school committee and superintendent says. PLEASE don't let this happen...our once proud city and our children deserve better.
My thoughts February 26, 2014 at 08:26 PM
Where are these made up statistics that all day K makes children smarter in the long run????? It doesn't take a BA or Masters Degree to realize that all day K is 1 hour nap, recess, and snack time from 12.30 to 2.30. Everyone knows the City can't afford this....so, what's the discussion?? It's a black and white situation, there are no gray areas in this deal. If you want to give the real taxpayers back a refund on the supplemental tax bill, refund on lowering the homestead exemption etc. etc., then maybe we can talk.. Stop the politics and do the right thing...
SMD February 26, 2014 at 10:11 PM
I'm pretty sure that the money that the state says they will give the city is one time only, and even that does not cover the entire cost. Even if you believe the superintendent and Mayor, they themselves say that the plan will cost the taxpayers about a quatrter million more after a few years and that is WITHOUT the additional assistants and doesnt factor in all the other costs that were pointed out by Ms Hoard and other people. And even that deficit still counts on the state giving us more money which we've all seen you cant count on. This is a disaster waiting to happen, and I dont buy the .. "We're just studying this" line that the Mayor whipped up after seeing all the opposition. This was PASSED by her school committee and HER cronies on the council were going to pass a resolution to IMPLEMENT all day K.. NOT just to study it. And I agree with you Stephen Weber, I think the mayor is lying through her teeth on this and we're gonna be stuck paying the bill. So much for being "FOR THE PEOPLE"
The Griz February 27, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Full day K won't happen. The City Council has basically said that they're not sure, the public has overwhelmingly told her that we don't want it and now the and now the Budget Commision has added their doubts. The mayor's just trying to figure out a way to bow out "gracefully"... I was personally at the City Council meeting when it was discussed and all I have to say to the Mayor is you need to work on your communication skills; they're nonexistent... The council shouldn't need to seek you out to get this information; you, as the head of this city, need to set the bar for for everything, from communication, to attitude, to forthrightness. Woonsocket deserves the truth, frugality, and an ability to speak with the people and not at them. In short, Woonsocket deserves better than Mayor Hunt.
Still Hope February 28, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Woonsocket deserves nothing! Everybody with half a brain has been excommunicated from this city. You could make Warren Buffet CEO of the city and the people would still [expletive] on him. The people in this city are so short-sighted that they don't realize they are killing their own community. Everyone agrees we need business. Business won't move in unless we have a worthwhile community. You can't have a worthwhile community unless you have solid families. You can't have solid families unless you have a great school system. Everything that made this city a nice place to grow up in 20 years ago has been squeezed out by a generation of stooges. This city is your home and you can't even keep the lights on? Shame.


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