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The Town of Cheshire moved one step closer to instituting full-day kindergarten in Cheshire as members of the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the measure.
The action taken by the Board is not surprising as almost all members of the BOE had previously expressed their support for the change. It is estimated that more than $700,000 will be required to implement the program.
The BOE had charged a task force with looking into the feasibility of changing from the current half-day curriculum, where kindergarten classes at Darcey School are split into morning and afternoon sessions. Currently, kindergarten students only attend classes at Darcey, however, if the new program is given the go-ahead, classes will be established at different elementary schools in town.
It's expected that the proposal will be included in Superintendent of Schools Dr. Greg Florio's budget, which will be unveiled in the beginning of January 2014. It's ultimate fate may depend on how much money is allocated the BOE by the Town Council next spring.
For more on this story, see next week's Cheshire Herald.