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Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:02 a.m.

Dexter school board considers switch to all-day kindergarten

By Cindy Heflin

The Dexter school board considered a proposal to implement all-day kindergarten in the district at its meeting Monday night, the Dexter Leader reported.

Cornerstone Elementary Principal Craig McCalla and kindergarten teacher Kathy Shannon told the board making the switch would provide more learning time for students and allow students to participate in field trips and assemblies, the newspaper reported.

Moving from a half-day schedule to full-day kindergarten would cost the district $247,500, according to the article.

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Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 2:31 p.m.

It is a excellent idea and I wish Ann Arbor would do the same.


Fri, Nov 25, 2011 : 1:31 a.m.

There are some schools in Ann Arbor that do offer full day kindergarten. I have some friends who applied for a boundary deviation to attend one of these schools for that reason.


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 12:53 a.m.

I live in the Dexter school district and have a kindergartner. I was ready to enroll my daughter in Dexter last spring until the decision was made not to offer full day kindergarten. I am a teacher and was able to take my daughter with me to the school district I teach in. I know of five other parents who are either teachers or were willing to do school of choice simply to have the full day option. Adding up how much money the district loses each time a parent chooses another kindergarten program would erase the cost of adding the full day kindergarten program. Dexter, please make the switch to full day kindergarten. The district will not lose money by doing this.


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

If educators think its good, and parents think its good, and we can afford it, why not?


Thu, Nov 24, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

I do think it is a good idea. Will add 3.5 jobs and it may be required anyway with the legislature considering it. A lot of kids are used to being in all day daycare before kindergarten, or get taken to daycare after school, so the might as well stay in school all day.


Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 8:39 p.m.

It might cost the district $247,500. But it would save the parents money and headaches!