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Full Day Kindergarten to Begin in Manalapan Schools in September

The Manalapan-Englishtown Board of Education voted to bring full-day kindergarten to the district.

The Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District Board of Education has decided to implement a full-day kindergarten beginning in September 2014, according to a letter released by district Superintendent John J. Marciante.  

“Given the increased demands of the Common Core State Standards, it is not in the best interest of our students to delay full-day kindergarten implantation any longer,” Marciante said.

Space will be made available for the additional kindergarten students in Clark Mills, Taylor Mills, and Milford Brook Schools, according to the superintendent. The Department of Education has not yet responded to the Board’s appeal for funding to create more classroom space, however. 

The 2014-2015 budget will be broadened over the next few months to include this change, but the majority of the funding for the full-day kindergarten will come from the budget cap bank, Marciante said. The Board of Education has worked to keep the district tax increase under 2 percent, regardless of any permitted exemptions. One of the areas that is exempt from the 2 percent cap is health benefits, and an increase in health benefits costs surpassed the benchmark established by the state during the past two years, according to the superintendent. 

“While the district budget could have gone above 2 percent, we worked to meet our budgetary requirements within the 2 percent tax increase,” Marciante said in the letter. “By statute, the amount not raised in taxes was recorded and placed in the cap bank for a three-year period. The cap bank is basically a record of the amount that can be added to the tax levy within that period”

The money within the cap bank will be utilized to finance the full-day kindergarten. This means that the tax levy within the 2014-2015 budget will be about 4 percent, which meets all statutory demands. 

John Tyler December 03, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Day car to be paid for by the tax payers, that is what this is.
Denise Marden December 04, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Does a parent have the option of a half day? Some parents may feel a full day for a 5 year is extreme and since Kindergarten is not Mandatory in the state of NJ what are those parents options? This from the state dept of NJ Q. Is kindergarten mandatory in New Jersey? A. Kindergarten is not required under state law with the exception of certain school districts mandated to offer kindergarten due to high concentrations of lower-income families. However, most school districts provide at least half-day kindergarten for five-year-old students
FalconHawk December 04, 2013 at 08:15 AM
When I grew up in New York a century ago, Kindergarten was an all day affair. We took "naps" and ate lunch at designated times. Parents already pay for day care for their kindergartener's, if they are employed full time. Taxpayers are already paying for multiple bus trips. The plus side will hopefully be less bus traffic. ie: rather than have 2 K-garden sessions with buses carting the am group before the afternoon group, there will be only one round trip. However, there are many children who could not tolerate a full day of school at 5 years old unless there are specified nap and quiet times. How many children will be in a class when k-garden is full time?? Can parents opt out?
Matthew Needelman December 04, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I love when parents think a full day is extreme lol. All 5 year old children should be in Kindergarten a full day. I don't think a 5 year old should be napping anymore either. My niece started Kindergarten 3 months shy of 5 in NY and during nap time she would color.
Doug Dale December 07, 2013 at 07:38 AM
In a state that is arguing that there is NOT enough competitive education for students, I find it insane that parents would actually want to OPT OUT of giving their child additional learning time. More likely they'll miss out holding Johnnie's hand all day. BTW.. In kindergarten there are NO naps.

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