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?
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
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.
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.
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
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.
other existing programs could be impacted by all-day kindergarten?
With the all-day kindergarten requirement for school districts, successful intervention
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
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.