Meetings set to explain full-day kindergarten impact to public

School officials will give a presentation on the educational benefits of offering a full-day kindergarten program in Shelton during two public informational meetings.

The meetings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12 and 13, 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 gathering.

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

BOE members support starting a full-day K program in the upcoming 2014-15 school year, but it will up to other city public officials during the budget season whether that will happen.

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

Officials to speak, answer questions

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.

Attendees will “receive information about the educational benefits that a full-day kindergarten program will provide to our new incoming students,” states the publicity material.

A snow date of Thursday, Feb. 20 has been set.