Learn about proposed full-day kindergarten at meeting

School officials will give the final presentation on the educational benefits of offering a full-day kindergarten program in Shelton on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Shelton Intermediate School auditorium, 675 Constitution Blvd. North.

District administrators and Board of Education (BOE) members will give a PowerPoint presentation at the public informational session, speak on the subject, and answer questions from the audience.

The meeting is targeted to parents of youngsters who will begin kindergarten during the next school year, but is open to the general public.

School board includes in budget request

BOE members support starting a full-day K program in the upcoming 2014-15 school year, and included funding for the program in the BOE budget for the upcoming fiscal year, but it will up to other city public officials during the budget season to decide the overall funding level for the Shelton public school system.

The Shelton public schools now offer a half-day kindergarten program, with classes in the morning or afternoon.

Q&A session

Meeting speakers are expected to include School Supt. Freeman Burr, other school administrators, BOE Chairman Mark Holden, and members of the BOE’s Ad Hoc Full-Day Kindergarten Committee.

According to publicity material, also present to answer questions from the public will be elementary school administrators, PTA/PTO members of the Ad Hoc Full-Day K Committee, and other PTA/PTO representatives.

A similar meeting took place Feb. 12 at SIS and was attended by about 150 people, mostly parents of young children. The Thursday night meeting is expected to cover the same topics. It has been rescheduled from Feb. 13 due to inclement weather.