District pursues facilities for youngest students

January 10, 2019

NEEDLES — Children and parents may have reason to look forward to specialized facilities for day-long kindergarten classes within the Needles Unified School District.

The district board of trustees took the firsts steps toward making that a reality with their support of seeking funds for facilities during their organizational meeting of Dec. 11.

“ … full day kindergarten is of importance to the district to improve the educational program, provide more time for the teacher to get to know each child, encourage children’s maximum social, emotional, physical, and academic growth, address transportation issues related to district bus schedules, and address parental/guardian needs for child care,” lists the resolution approved by the board.

The resolution also asserts that:

• School facilities to support full-day kindergarten need to be constructed;

• The district will submit funding applications to the state for Vista Colorado Elementary School under a full day kindergarten facilities program;

• The board acknowledges a matching share may be required.

Part of the measure voted on, as recorded, is that the district will seek hardship funding to offset that matching share.

The resolution goes on to say that, “The district has implemented full day kindergarten programs at district schools however lacks facilities to fully accommodate full day kindergarten and has housed students in non-kindergarten facilities and additional kindergarten facilities are needed.”

The kindergarten school day runs 430 minutes on regular school days and 165 minutes on early release days.

The board approved the measure unanimously.

The board is to meet again on Tuesday, Jan. 15 in the district support offices on Erin Drive in Needles. Public sessions begin at 6 p.m.

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