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The Mahomet-Seymour school board okayed a five-year plan on Monday night, laying out goals they'll be pursuing and the steps necessary to get there. The plan includes everything from technology upgrades to new security measures, but the component that's likely to garner the most attention in the short term concerns full-day kindergarten.
In approving the plan, the board gave administrators the nod to explore the possibility of expanding kindergarten classes to a full day in the 2013-2014, a full year before the new early childhood facility opens its doors. Whether the plan moves forward or not depends on how many parents of incoming kindergarteners opt to send their students for a full day.
Superintendent Rick Johnston said before the meeting that full-day kindergarten is one of the most common requests he gets from parents and the public. Plus, he added, evidence shows that "it's what's best for kids."
Middletown Principal Carol Shallenberger agreed, citing studies that conclude that full-day kindergarten benefits children in developing both academic and social skills.
"We know the earlier we get to kids, the better they do down the road," she said.
Get the rest of the story in this week's Mahomet Citizen