Northville Half-Day Kindergarten to Be Offered at Thornton Creek Elementary School
The school community expressed the most interest in a full-day alternative.
Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher announced this week that the district will continue to offer one half-day kindergarten class at Thornton Creek Elementary School, while the rest of the district moves to full-day kindergarten.
"It's the only school that had sufficient interest," she said.
The school board voted in February to offer both options beginning in the 2012-13 school year. The district previously offered only half-day options at its schoos. In offering the half-day class, the district will keep only half of its per pupil funding for those students. The state legislature approved a change to state aid that will result in losing per student funding for half-day students.
Gallagher said that although the incoming kindergarten class's parents interested in a half day program represent a very small portion of the district population, they feel very strongly about it. Some said they would have left the school district if a half-day option was no longer offered.
On Friday, the district issued forms for parents to fill out and return to the district if they are interested in the half-day program. According to the letter, the district would offer classes from 8:55-11:55 a.m.
Gallagher said the current estimated class size is between 20-22 students.