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Questions still linger over full-day K plan

February 24, 2014

WOONSOCKET – The state Budget Commission running city financial affairs indicated during its meeting in Harris Hall on Monday that it still has questions about a plan to implement a full-day kindergarten program in local schools in the fall and won’t consider the change until additional supportive information has been submitted by the School Department.

The update by Dina Dutremble, a retired school business manager and chair of the five-member commission, came as the panel heard several city residents, taxpayers and school community members argue against the potential higher costs and unforeseen impacts of the full-day kindergarten program.

The opposition to the plan focuses both on what some contended will be higher than projected costs of adding 11 new kindergarten classes to make the current half-day program full day, and the related impact on local taxes, and the impact of moving all fifth graders to one of the city’s two new middle school buildings off Hamlet Avenue for needed classroom space.

Full story appears on page A1 of Tuesday's Call.

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