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Hot Topic: Full-Day Kindergarten

What conditions, if any, would you place on having full-day kindergarten classes in Bridgewater schools?

Credit: Getty
Credit: Getty
As the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education waits for a demographer's report on expected enrollments over the next 10 years, a group of anxious parents is hoping to keep the possibility of full-day kindergarten in front of the board members.

The report is expected in February, and many residents have been following the issue.

We wanted to find out what readers think of the plan—are you waiting to hear more from the board? Are you certain you want to see the district implement full-day kindergarten—or are you dead set against it?

Take our poll and share your position on the issue.
Eliot W. Collins January 29, 2014 at 12:54 PM
As long as my Regional School Tax does not increase from its current amount of $5827.50, then everything will be fine. Perhaps a State or Federal grant is available, or perhaps Bill Gates will pay for it, or perhaps a less worthwhile program in the District can be cut back or eliminated.
Wise old owl January 29, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Many of the students that went to top colleges last year like Princeton(5), Georgetown (2), George Washington and so on only had half day kindergarten. Look at the students in the High school and see the caliper of students that come out of BR. They have won many awards. Not only that there is no money for it with the 2% cap in taxes. We are already a pay to play district for sports ,arts and clubs from 5th grade up due to the budget cuts in the district several years ago. I understand that people want it for academics and childcare but there is no space and no money unless you take it away from all the other grades. Children learn to read when they are ready at 4 or 8. I have a child in college and another in district and have been very involved. Unless there is grant money or the 2% cap is lifted this will be a very difficult to achieve. Good luck but the budget doesn't always get passed and things are always cut.
Eliot W. Collins January 29, 2014 at 02:27 PM
The 2% cap must not be exceeded for any reason.
JP Bridgewater January 29, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Change is hard- I don't doubt that the process will be challenging. But we owe it to future generations to come together to discuss options. Refusing to engage in a conversation, without having full knowledge of all aspects of the issue (I'd like to learn as well!) will not serve our district well.
Christen Spirocostas Heiden January 29, 2014 at 07:49 PM
Thank you for running this poll. There are many opinions on this thread and it will be nice to see the results of a community poll. As a parent of three children who all will be entering into kindergarten over the next couple of years, I am hopeful that we as a community recognize the need for supporting our children. Thanks again for running this!

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