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All-day Kindergarten Q&A

While many unknowns remain, I would like to share with you what we do know at this point in time. We are hopeful we will be able to provide definitive information regarding all-day kindergarten early in 2010.

What is the status of the all-day kindergarten requirement that was part of House Bill 1, passed this past summer?

House Bill (HB) 1 requires all Ohio school districts to offer all-day kindergarten beginning with the 2010-11 school year. 

Will Dublin City Schools be offering all-day kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year?

The Dublin City School District will be applying for a waiver for all-day kindergarten for the 2010-11 school year. If the waiver is approved, it would provide our district with another 12-18 months to plan for the implementation of all-day kindergarten beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

Why would the district seek the waiver option for 2010-11?

In Dublin City Schools, the implementation of all-day kindergarten would cost nearly $1.3-million per year due to the fact we would need to hire an additional 21 teachers based on enrollment projections.

The issue of classroom space will also have to be addressed.  We have put together a committee of elementary principals and central office administrators to begin studying this issue and how we might accommodate the doubling of our kindergarten population.

It is in the best interests of our students and staff that our all-day kindergarten be thoroughly planned in order to provide our students with the best possible experience.

Is the state planning to fund the implementation of all-day kindergarten in Dublin City Schools?

No. Dublin City Schools will not be receiving additional funds to pay for all-day kindergarten, the state has reduced its contribution to our budget by one-percent this year and two-percent next year.  There is no additional funding coming to our district to pay for this state mandate.

Will this new unfunded mandate cause the district to place an operating levy or bond issue on the ballot?

No. Although the cost of this program totals about $1.3-million in staffing, and about 22-additional classrooms, the Dublin City School District is committed to thinking creatively and working with the dollars already provided to us by our community.  We are constantly assessing our efficiency, in every facet of our operations, to insure we are being good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

What if I prefer my child attend kindergarten for only a half-day?

There is language in House Bill 1 that permits parents to decide on half-day or full-day kindergarten for their child. All districts, by 2011-12, will need to offer both half-day and full-day programs.

How will all-day kindergarten impact transportation?

All-day kindergarten will eliminate some middle of the day bus routes. However, as mandated, parents will still have the option of choosing half-day kindergarten for their child. The possibility of some kindergarten students in school for a half-day, and others in school for a full-day will provide some transportation challenges.

What other existing programs could be impacted by all-day kindergarten?

With the all-day kindergarten requirement for school districts, successful intervention programs such as our Early Literacy Initiative (ELI) will be impacted.  Curriculum will have to be realigned and literacy intervention programs will have to be revised.

In addition to a waiver, what else could delay the implementation of all-day kindergarten?

There is pending legislation that may impact the implementation of all-day kindergarten in Ohio. We continue to monitor the latest developments and will communicate any additional, definitive information when it is available.

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