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When the Board of Education meets tonight in Council Chambers at Town Hall, it is expected that full-day kindergarten will be discussed.
The idea of changing from Cheshire's current half-day schedule to full-day has created much debate in town over the last several weeks, and a task force charged with researching the issue recently presented their findings to a BOE committee.
The full BOE will determine whether to endorse the idea, which would involve changing travel routes and setting up kindergarten classrooms in many of Cheshire's current elementary schools.
Parents who have spoken out about this issue recently have expressed mixed emotions. Some have praised the move, pointing to the fact that many neighboring communities have moved to a full-day schedule and that research has shown improved educational development over the years for those attending full-day kindergarten. Others, however, have expressed concern that a longer day will be too taxing on Cheshire's youngest students and that valuable time spent with parents could be lost because of it.
Tonight's meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 84 South Main Street.
For more on this story, see an upcoming edition of The Cheshire Herald.