Superintendent wants to cut kindergar...

Superintendent wants to cut kindergarten?

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Since: Jan 09

Freehold, NJ

#1 Jan 18, 2009
Moved to Basking Ridge. All we heard were raves about the school. Now we're here and I find out that this superintendent proposes cutting kindergarten to half day. That is just about the most backwards thing to do. The opposite of where the top education towns are headed.

How do we stop them from making such a huge mistake that will affect so many families?

What are the politics w/this BOE like?

This is so disappointing. We moved here b/c of the schools. What a wast.

Basking Ridge, NJ

#2 Jan 21, 2009
This WILL happen but if you make your opinions known by going to the next 4 board meetings at Cedar Hill School maybe there is a chance that this will not happen. The first one is this Monday night 1/26/09 at 7:00 p.m. But believe me they are ready to do it instead of cutting administration positions like the Supervisors of Science, Social Studies, World Languages, Fine Arts, 3! Special Education Supervisors plus secretaries for all these positions. All these various supervisors make in the $90,000-$110,000 salary range and the secretaries who make around $43,000 plus healthcare. Right now they are just talking about cutting ONE of these positions. Also we pay for the autistic program to go to the YMCA pool every week and I don't know what the cost of that is for the buses and for the use of the facility. The autistic program is a BIG expense. EACH CHILD HAS THEIR OWN AIDE. Go to the Board of Ed meetings, wirte letters to the editor of the local newspaper, The Bernardsville News. Let your voice be heard. Our children's futures not to mention our property values are at stake. Also cutting full day kindergarten will change the whole curriculum for every grade going forward. What about the working parents - what will they do with their children? They say cutting full day kindergarten will save $480,000. How much will it cost to have another bus run in the middle of the day. A few years ago when kindergarten was on the chopping block the cost was $192,000. So how much money will be saved slashing this worthwhile program?

Ladera Ranch, CA

#3 Feb 16, 2009
If I were you guys, I wouldn't worry about cutting kindergarten to 1/2 day. Where we live Southern California, kindergarten is only 1/2 day. We are having a major budget crisis in our district, and one of the proposals for next year is to actually cut kindergarten completely!

While I don't want to see that happen, I do feel that 1/2 day kindergarten is plenty. My son is currently in kindergarten and has thrived with 3 1/2 hours per day. My son went to pre-school before kindergarten, but it was a develpmental pre-school with "zero" academics. He has done just fine in kindergarten this year and is reading wonderfully.

Bethlehem, PA

#4 Feb 22, 2009
I will be moving to this town in July and I hope with all of my heart that they cut the Kindergarten program to half day. There is no reason for a 5-6 year old to be sitting in a classroom for 6+ hours a day. My daughter attended half day kindergarten and she learned more then her peers who attended the full day program. I think that if the parents are responsible enough to do their share of teaching at home then there is no academic difference between the full day and half day kids! Except that maybe the half day kids are less stressed about going to school. They have their whole lives to sit in school and then off to work. Please, lets give them one more year to relax.

Glen Rock, NJ

#5 Mar 28, 2009
Well, I think you currently have a choice between half day and full day. This is the best of both worlds. For those who are more comfortable with 1/2 day, they have that option. Those who need the full day have it without out having to pay extra. I personally love the idea of full day kindergarten because I don't have to pay daycare another year. My child is in school from 9-3 anyway. If it were only have day, then I still would have to pay for after care.

Bernardsville, NJ

#7 May 18, 2010
You have made a good decision to move to the area. The schools are excellent. Think long term. Kindergarten i important but it is better to have kindergarten cut rather than programs in middle and high schools cut. It is better to pay for one year's private schooling rather than7 years of middle or high school courses.

Basking Ridge has very good montessori schools.
Keepfulldaykinde rgarten

Chester, WV

#8 Oct 12, 2010
Some of us are two income families and we actually have to work to be able to live in Basking Ridge. Cutting the program makes working parents situation even harder then it normally is.
HalfDayKindergar ten

Middleboro, MA

#10 Apr 11, 2011
Childhood matters!!! "Important work is being done that should not take a backseat to test scores," (American Academy of Pediatrics). Yet there is a push in our country to lengthen school days, extend the school year, teach to the test... If you look at other countries, like Finland, you will see they outperform America with less time and money invested in schools... The reason that what we are doing is not working is because we are trying to do something that does not work! Full Day Kindergarten is great for at-risk kids. Children who are not at risk need less structured time and more free play. Read what the experts have to say not the policy makers! Please read the links at HalfDayKindergarten.Org ... Sign the petition... Protect our children and preserve the rights of parents! Thank you!- HalfDayKindergarten.Org

Morristown, TN

#11 Apr 15, 2011
it use to be half-day when it first started yrs. ago

Hermitage, TN

#12 Apr 16, 2011
i agree i/2 day is long enough for the little ones thats how long it was when i was little

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