Milan Area Schools to vote on all-day kindergarten in February
Milan Area Schools will vote next month on whether to implement district-wide all-day kindergarten.
Superintendent Bryan Girbach said if the board approves the switch on Feb. 8, the district will move forward with the full-day kindergarten planning process.
The process would include hiring the equivalent of three full-time teachers and perhaps one part-time teacher, Girbach said. The total cost to the district is estimated between $200,000 and $250,000.
“We are lucky enough to have some room to grow, so capacity is not an issue for us,” Girbach said. “(The startup costs) would come from furniture, books and other supplies,” in addition to teacher salaries.
Currently, Milan offers one tuition-based full-day program called KinderClub. It is managed by the district’s preschool director and allows kindergarten pupils to remain at school for the entire day.
Milan has about 150 kindergarteners enrolled presently.
If for some reason the state legislation outlining half funding for half-day kindergarteners is not implemented, Girbach said the district might need to reconsider sticking with its existing program.
He said the only reason Milan Area Schools is switching is because the loss of funding would be more significant.
- Additional reading on the all-day kindergarten dilemma: Washtenaw County schools weigh space, funding, benefits.