AUDIO: Sartell talks all-day kindergarten

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Dec 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

SARTELL, Minn. (KNSI) Minnesota state government has placed a new emphasis on the importance of early childhood education, and Sartell Public Schools are getting an early start on discussing how to use that new funding.

At last (Monday) night's school board meeting, members discussed a push toward full-day, all-day kindergarten at the district's two elementary schools for the next academic year.

Interim Sartell Superindendent Mike Spanier tells KNSI, he thinks the move toward all-day kindergarten will be met with wide support from parents.

Right now, Sartell parents must pay in order for their kindergarten students to attend a full day of school, and Spanier says many of them do.

Spanier adds, parents who still opt for half-days are likely to send their kids for the first half of the school day - the "core adademic programming" in kidergarten classrooms takes place during the morning hours, with afternoons devoted to activities like art, music and phy ed.

The board says they don't expect much new hiring - many of their part-time current kindergarten teachers will pick up extra hours. 

Spanier says parents will have options beyond all-day kindergarten

Spanier says many parents are already paying for full-day kindergarten for their children

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