KANELAND—School Board members on April 30 voted 7-0 to approve a Kindergarten extension program.
According to a memo from Superintendent Jeff Schuler, Kaneland wants to implement the extension program because of the “lower enrollments across the district at the Kindergarten level for the 2012-13 school year.”
School Board President Cheryl Krauspe said the program is tuition based, so it will be cost neutral to district taxpayers.
Schuler’s document states that the program will be piloted through one section at each of the district’s elementary schools. As a result, Kaneland can “accommodate about 90 (roughly 33 percent) of the Kindergarten students currently registered for the 2012-13 school year.”
The extension program will not replace the core curriculum currently in place at the Kindergarten level, but rather will “continue to be offered as a half-day program” and provide extensions to core concepts, including “academic areas, play-based sessions and social skills sessions.” According to the document, transportation will be provided through the district’s morning and afternoon transportation schedule.
“It feels like we have been taking so much away in cuts recently-we have been forced to-that it is certainly nice to have the hope that we will be able to serve all those that are interested in the kindergarten extension program, and that it will become a value-added service for the residents of the School District in the years to come,” Krauspe said.