Half Day Kindergarten Will Continue in Evansville

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Supporters in Evansville say they have more than 400 signatures from people who want the half day kindergarten option to stay.

School administrators say by having kids go a full day, they see more revenue, during a time when they've already made significant cuts.

About 3 dozen people came to Monday's meeting, many wearing red to show their support for the half day program.

District administrator Heidi Carvin says the half day program cost the district $16,000 this year.

Some parents dispute those numbers, but also say the children have to remain top priority.

"Don't we understand that every educational opportunity is a drain on resources? Whether it be that book over there or that computer over there, each one is a drain on resources. The question, ladies and gentlemen, is priorities," says parent Christine McKittrick.

In a four to three vote Monday, the board decided to continue the half day program, if there are at least 15 students signed up by April 1st and at least 12 still signed up in August.

The decision will then be made year by year.

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