School officials also are thinking about meeting with residents to discuss busing.
By IAN HILL
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
CANFIELD -- School administrators will meet with local residents in January to talk about the logistics of starting an all-day kindergarten program.
The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at C.H. Campbell Elementary School. Superintendent Doug Hiscox said school administrators and residents will discuss the "nuts and bolts" of a daylong program. Half-day kindergarten classes are held in the district.
Those nuts and blots include funding, staffing and classroom space, Hiscox said. He discussed all-day kindergarten during a public forum Wednesday night at Old North Church of Canfield.
Hiscox stressed that school administrators feel an all-day program would have academic benefits for kindergartners, a comment which was echoed by Linda Hartshorn, Hilltop Elementary School principal. She added that school officials would work to ensure that an all-day program was as good as or better than the half-day classes.
Busing concerns: Hiscox also said that school administrators may have a meeting in the future to talk about ways to address parents' concerns about busing.
Some parents at the forum complained that buses were picking up their children too early in the morning, and that the bus schedule had disrupted classes. In addition, some parents said not enough students were taking the bus to the high school in the morning.
Canfield administrators created a new bus schedule this year in response to past complaints about busing. Hiscox said additional public money could help the board address other concerns.
The money would help pay for additional buses, more transportation staff and better transportation facilities, he said.
Hiscox added, however, that he didn't think administrators could solve every parent's problems with busing.
"I have learned that whichever avenue we take, someone will be unhappy with it," he said. "We will find something to meet the needs of our students."