All-Day, Every Day Kindergarten (ADEDK)

Thursday May 30, 13
Free Beginning in 2014-15

Superintendent Scott Thielman had a discussion with the school board at their regular board meeting on Monday, May 28, about the possibility of offering all-day, every day kindergarten (ADEDK) free to parents for the 2013-14 school year. The board wondered about the principal support and space within the schools. Thielman reported that the principals would be in favor of offering free ADEDK beginning with this school year, if the board decides to go forward. He also noted that they do have the space in their buildings to accommodate the classes. Thielman also reiterated that this is one-time funding and that it will be fully funded by the state in 2014-15. Surrounding districts are also trying to make the decision about whether or not to offer the program free beginning next school year

Board members are concerned about the price tag (approximately $850,000) to fund ADEDK for one year when they have already made a commitment to reduce class sizes district-wide. The board decided it would be in the best interested of the district to continue with the fee-based ADEDK program for the 2013-14 school year and offer the free program to parents when it is fully funded by the state the following fall.