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Superintendent Says Full-Day Kindergarten Study Seen By Early Spring

A demographer's report is expected early spring to aid Brick Board of Education's choice on full-day kindergarten.

The Board of Education is expecting a report from a demographer by early spring to make a decision about full-day kindergarten for Brick, Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said on Friday.

"We know the research says it is great to start kids at an earlier age and we are looking at the possibility in September," Uszenski said about full-day kindergarten.

"We are hoping the demographer report will be availabe by early spring and we can make educated decisions about what we can and can’t do," Uszenski said. The main factors driving this will be financial costs and classroom space availability, he said.

The report would only serve to help make recommendations to the school board, examine all the options and get the community's input, he said.

Brick presently has 25 half-day kindergarten classes now, Uszenski said.

In March, 

Patch.com reported, the district would have to hire 14 new teachers, plus a part-time teacher at a cost of $983,000 in salaries and benefits, when calculating the new hires according to current union contracts. A total of 32 teachers would be needed in order to have enough staff to adhere to state rules on class sizes – essentially, 21 students per class.

Jason December 08, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Do it!
jen December 08, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Definitely! Our kids need a jump on their education....there is not enough time in half day k to prepare them for elementary school.
WMS826 December 08, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Bye bye Primary Learning Center...do we need this after we just lost how many millions in tax revenue from the storm. All the houses that are demolished no longer pay taxes like they did before. Who will pay for this.
jen December 08, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Is this a separate issue from the proposed legislation in NJ regarding the mandate of full day k? Was the district looking in to doing this on their own? If that legislation passes, then they will have to comply, correct?
Rick Mitukiewicz December 08, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Here's a link to the proposed May 14, 2012 bill. http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2012/Bills/A3000/2927_I1.PDF
Jennifer Luddy December 08, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Brick is one of the only towns in the state that doesn't have full-day kdg. If our kids are going to keep up and succeed, we need to do this. Half-day kdg is 2 hours and 45 minutes. That is not enough time to prepare a child for first grade.
jen December 08, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Does anyone know the status of that legislation? I heard that if it passes, Brick will have to comply for the 2013-2014 school year. Wouldn't they have to vote on it pretty soon so that districts can prepare for the change?
Crystal Ruiz December 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM
This is something that is definitly needed our children are getting cheated out of a proper kdg start and it is all due to funding!!!! The PLC will still be used but I thing they will need some more rooms there is no way they could cram a kdg into our already packed elementary schools. I wish our neighbors would realize how important our children are for OUR future and support budget increases for the schools. I hope september does bring full day kdg, and I believe it will be mandated any way.
B F December 10, 2012 at 02:49 AM
My daughter is supposed to start Kindergarten next year. I was going to look at sending her somewhere private because half day Kindergarten is absolutely unacceptable. The rigors that the state demands of these students cannot be achieved in a 2 hour and 45 min day. I am actually disgusted there isn't a preK program. So many other towns have the jump on our kids. And I love when people make comments about how its babysitting. I would like to see them try it.
Jackie December 10, 2012 at 04:55 AM
This needs to happen. 2 and 45 minutes is not enough time for students to learn all that is needed for first grade.
TKF1216 January 12, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Finally!

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