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HUBBARD Kindergarten change upsets some parents



Published: Wed, January 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



All-day, every-day school is better for beginning pupils, the superintendent said.

By SUSAN BERLIN

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

HUBBARD -- Some parents expecting to have some input into a decision on all-day kindergarten were disappointed by the school board's approval.

Board members voted Monday to change Hubbard's half-day kindergarten program to an all-day, every-day kindergarten, beginning next fall. The vote was unanimous.

Phillip Roudebush, Roosevelt Elementary principal, said a committee of kindergarten teachers and counselors has been conducting research and holding open meetings since October. The committee has visited three area elementary schools that already have this kindergarten program: McDonald, Struthers (Center Street) and Brimfield.

Roudebush said most parental concerns center around whether their child is mature enough for all-day attendance. Some parents said they had thought the action was still in the developmental phase.

But Superintendent Jim Herrholtz said some research implies that all-day, every-day school is better for beginning pupils' learning and socialization.

Teacher Marianne Modarelli said Hubbard's board should be commended for seeking and using teaching and staff input.

Other action: In other business, Paul Pero asked the board about the Hubbard Community Pool. Pero, a swim coach and swimmer's parent, said he had heard that the board might lease the pool.

Herrholtz said there is a committee exploring ways to offset operating expenses including leasing. Herrholtz invited Pero and other interested parties to join the committee.




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