Full-day K supporters plan to turn out at Thursday aldermen meeting

A supporter of starting full-day kindergarten in Shelton schools this fall is urging other full-day K backers to attend the Board of Aldermen meeting on Thursday, April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Shelton City Hall auditorium.

The supporter, Lori McKeon, is one of a group of parents that have been pushing to start the program.

Full-day K is not on the Board of Aldermen meeting’s agenda but the meeting will include a public speaking portion where audience members can address topics of their choice for a brief period.

Supporters also are urging people to go to their Facebook page at "Shelton Taxpayers for Full Day Kindergarten.” McKeon can be reached by email at Lmckeon54@yahoo.com.

Status of budget process

Starting full-day kindergarten would cost about $986,000 in the next fiscal year, but Board of Education officials have said only about $406,000 is needed for the program in new operating funds in the new school budget.

This is because teachers would be reallocated from other grades and some expenses could be moved to capital funding on the city’s side of the budget, according to school officials.

Mayor Mark Lauretti has released his recommended budget, which school officials say doesn’t provide enough money for full-day K. The proposed budget will be voted on next by the Board of Apportionment and Taxation, and then the Board of Aldermen.

The new fiscal year begins July 1. The budget is expected to be finalized in May.