Board considers all-day kindergarten

The Hayden School Board will not know until surveys are back in April whether parents would support an all-day kindergarten program, but some agreed such a program would be a "win-win" situation for parents and children.

The board discussed the possibility of implementing a parent-funded all-day kindergarten program Wednesday night. While schools get funding for only half-day kindergarten programs, Hayden Valley Elementary School Principal Mike Luppes said he thinks extending the class to a full day would "allow better all-around development" for the students.

Luppes said most of the surveys that were returned to the school supported the idea of all-day kindergarten, but having them pay for the program, which he said could cost $25 to $40 per week, would be another obstacle to overcome.

"The fees are the biggest drawback, but there are a lot of factors," Luppes said. "Some don't support all-day kindergarten, and we don't want to get into this before knowing we would have enough support to keep it going."

Tina Fry, the parent of children going into and graduating from kindergarten, said she would support an all-day program. She said parents could save money on gas to drive to the school or on child care for the remainder of the day.

"The unavailability of day care in Hayden is a problem, but it's also a reason all-day kindergarten is a good idea," Fry said.

School Board member Brian Hoza said the idea sounds like a "win-win" situation for parents and children.

In other business:

n The School Board agreed to pay Abbey Carpet $61,982 to install carpet in the middle/high school building and $65,669 to install carpet in the elementary school building. The board also agreed to pay Custom Environmental Services $105,984 to remove asbestos from both schools' floors.

n Hayden High School counselor Danica Moss reported that the high school will be using a new computer program for summer school that is made by the same company that writes the Colorado Student Assessment Program tests and is geared toward CSAP tests. Moss said the school would be piloting the program for the summer, as is Steamboat Springs High School, before the program is available on the market in the fall.

-- To reach Nick Foster call 871-4204

or e-mail nfoster@steamboatpilot.com

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