S-O School Board Approves Full-Day Kindergarten For All S-OCS Students
During a recent meeting of the Spencer-Owen School Board, approval was given to make kindergarten full-day for all students for the 2012-2013 school year.
According to S-OCS Curriculum Director Brock Beeman, there are currently around 80 percent of kindergarten students who are in class for the entire school day. He explained that with the new academic standards set by the state, “Half day is not cutting it anymore.”
Currently, parents who send their children to kindergarten for a full day pay fees of just over $1,000. Starting next year, parents will no longer need to pay the fee for their students to attend all day.
Parents whose children attend kindergarten during the next school year will not have the option of attending for half a day. All kindergarten students will attend for a full-day session.
After hearing from Beeman, the school board voted unanimously to approve full-day kindergarten.
In personnel business, the board approved a family medical leave for Melissa Ray-Elliott, April 10 through May 25, 2012.
Four field trip requests were also approved. Trips were approved for the Owen Valley High School FFA to Hickory Hills Campgrounds on May 11 and 12, Washington, D.C. for a leadership conference June 24 to July 1, and Purdue University for the State FFA Convention. An overnight “Read-a-Thon” was also approved at OVHS for May 4 and 5.
Two donations were unanimously approved by the board. One donation was for a sixteenfoot, single-axle trailer for the OVHS band from the OV Band Boosters. The second donation was from Chicago’s Pizza to Gosport Elementary School to purchase library books.
Members of the school board include Tom Abrell, Jason Hale, Kelly Hughes, Dick Ranard, Rick Smeltzer, Terry Tackett and Jack White.
The board will meet again tonight, Thursday, at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of Gosport Elementary School.
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