Kindergarten filled with new all-day optionPublished 11:05am Wednesday, May 29, 2013
According to Scott Colbeck, principal at Cleveland, McKinley and Adams Elementary schools, kindergarten registration is on target for another large class in 2013-2014.
Colbeck said Tuesday there are 151 students registered to enter the district’s program next year. The class will divide into seven sections of around 20 students. Colbeck said late registrations could mean yet another section.
Even with summer registrations, next year’s class is expected to fall well short of the 194 currently enrolled in kindergarten.
Despite the drop, Colbeck said enrollment for 2013-2014 will still be higher than most years.
“It’s going to be a little bit higher than we have had in previous years,” Colbeck said. “There’s the potential for it to be the second largest class we’ve seen recently.”
While it is still too early to tell, Colbeck said there are positive signs that families have taken advantage of the new all-day, every-day option offered for the first time next fall.
Even with half-day and three-day options still available, most families have registered for the all-day option. The lower numbers mean there will not be a section designated for students in the other two options. Instead, they will be integrated into all-day classes.
Colbeck said the other options are still beneficial for those families who want their 5 year olds home during the day. If they choose, however, they can still switch to the all-day option after the year starts.
Recent state legislation will fund kindergarten programs in the district after next year.