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Verona Votes on Full-Day For Kindergarteners

Ballot question seeks voter approval to change program length.

Verona voters will have the final say on full-day kindergarten when they vote on Nov. 6.

Kindergarteners currently attend three-quarter-long days, but some parents have gone to the board seeking to extend the day.

“There have been some concerned parents that want to go to a full day and we agreed that if voters support it, then we would be happy to have it,” said Superintendent Steven Forte.

If passed, kindergarteners would attend school until 12:30 p.m. from September through the winter holidays. In January, students would begin a full day, ending at 2:45 p.m., if the measure passes.

Parents opposed to the full day said the idea was unnecessary and said kids should be kids and be able to be home, Forte said.

“I can see both sides,” he said. “I think having a full day is a positive thing considering we are currently trying to do a full days worth of work in three-quarters of a day.”

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