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Plainfield 202 Board gets details on 4 full-day kindergarten options

Joliet Public School District 86 literacy instructional coach Jennifer French works with Yasmin Jimenez, 6, and other students in Diana Yang's bi-lingual kindergarten glass at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Joliet, Ill.
Joliet Public School District 86 literacy instructional coach Jennifer French works with Yasmin Jimenez, 6, and other students in Diana Yang's bi-lingual kindergarten glass at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in Joliet, Ill.

Plainfield School District 202 administrators presented full-day kindergarten options to the board of education Monday.

Full-day kindergarten was identified as a top district priority in the 2011 Five-Year Strategic Plan, according to a news release from the district. As well, several neighboring districts have been able to implement full-day kindergarten programs. However, District 202 does not have enough space in its 17 elementary schools to implement full-day kindergarten for all students, according to the release. District staff project about 1,500 students will be eligible for kindergarten next year.

The four options that might create adequate space for full-day kindergarten include:

• Building an additional elementary school;

• Building an addition to the Bonnie McBeth Learning Center and implementing space saving options in the 17 elementary schools;

• Building an addition to Bonnie McBeth Learning Center; moving all satellite preschool programs out of the elementary schools; and adjusting elementary attendance zones

• Implementing multiple space saving options to allow current elementary home schools to house full-day kindergarten.

Administrators shared the benefits and drawbacks for each option, including cost, sustainability, the likelihood of additional enrollment growth, the need for additional attendance zone changes and the impact on class sizes, curriculum and resources. The board took no action.

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