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Mayor Lauretti and the Board of Education: Initiate a Full Day Kindergarten

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I am inquiring as to when a full day kindergarten will be implemented for the children of Shelton. Currently, Connecticut has 103 school districts that offer full day kindergarten including Derby, Seymour, Trumbull, and now including Monroe which will begin a full day kindergarten this coming school year. Our children are being left behind during this critical time for education. 15 minutes a day allotted for reading, math etc is not adequate to keep our children up to the speed of the surrounding towns. We are failing our children by not having full day kindergarten. The cost of having full day kindergarten can offset the cost of remediation that is needed to help students catch up. The follow is a document summarizing the research performed on full day kindergarten: www.wested.org/online_pubs/po-05-01.pdf

It has been brought to my attention that upgrading to a full day kindergarten will cost approximately $800,000. additional funds per year. Additional classroom space should be available in all elementary schools since they were, up until recently, been available to students up to the sixth grade. Having full day kindergarten will eliminate the need for afternoon buses to bring students to and from schools providing an additional savings.

I also feel frustrated that $1.4 million dollars was spent on a new animal shelter. Although I do love animals, these funds could have went towards two years of full day kindergarten. However, our children are left being left behind due to budget restraints. Funds need to be placed in the proper areas to allow our children to compete with the surrounding towns.

Please help impliment a full day kindergarten for the children of shelton.



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