District 25 school board approves every weekday kindergarten

February 14, 2019

The School District 25 Board of Trustees voted at a meeting Tuesday night to host kindergarten every weekday, with morning and afternoon sessions lasting two hours and 45 minutes each.

That schedule was what the district had formerly used, but prior to the 2010-2011 school year, the economic recession led the state to cut funding for midday busing and field trip transportation, prompting District 25 to implement its current kindergarten schedule.

Kindergarten students have been attending school every other weekday for the duration of the school day, with alternating Mondays off.

However, improvements to the state’s economy prompted the state Legislature to restore transportation funding prior to the 2017-2018 school year, providing the district the opportunity to return to offering shorter classes on every weekday. District officials said parents who responded to a survey strongly supported the proposed change.

At the Tuesday night meeting at the district’s office, board members unanimously voted to restore the every-weekday schedule, which will go into effect next fall.

The board also voted to transfer $2.5 million from its general fund to go toward the expansion of Pocatello High School.

At the meeting, a district official displayed what some of the proposed changes would look like, including two ramps and steps leading to a new entrance that would be cut into the center of the school, where the new administration center would be located.

There would also be a vestibule area between the outside doors and inside doors for safety. According to the district official, the district will meet with the Historic Preservation Committee in March to discuss the new plans.