April 19, 2014

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Medina Schools announces price tag for all-day kindergarten

MEDINA — Medina Schools will offer all-day kindergarten this fall — at a price.

The program will cost $2,700 for most families, $2,100 for families who qualify for federal reduced lunches and nothing for families eligible for free lunch.

The district now offers only half-day kindergarten.

“The students in this program will receive the same curriculum as their half-day peers, with an additional art, music or physical education class added to each day,” said Kris Quallich, district educational services director, in an email.

Quallich said the extended day means teachers will have more time to delve into different subject areas and engage students in projects.

“This additional time also will allow the teachers to become more familiar with each student’s needs and to adjust instruction accordingly,” she said.

Parents interested in applying for all-day kindergarten can get an application at www.medinacityschooldistrict.org or at the registration office, 739 Weymouth Road.

Applications must be submitted along with a down payment of $300 by March 1 to be considered. Refunds only will be provided if a child does not get a spot at his or her home building and does not accept a spot in an alternate building. Students will be chosen by lottery and parents will be notified by April 1 about the status of their applications.

To offer this program at each building, the district will need a minimum of 20 children to apply. Students may be placed on a waiting list or offered a spots at a different building if their home school’s classes are full.

Parents will need to purchase or provide lunch for their children unless they qualify for free lunch.

Parents interested in hearing more about this program can come to an informational meeting 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Middle Stage Auditorium at Medina High School. Quallich and primary education coordinator Tina Cassidy will be available to answer questions.

The school board also is considering moving the kindergarten entrance birth date to Sept. 30. It is now Aug. 1. The change would mean that beginning in the 2014-15 school year, students who turn 5 between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30 no longer would be eligible for kindergarten.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

  • Jeanne

    If half of the kids did 2 full days a week for the first semester, then 3 days a week for the second semester and. the second half did this in reverse, then the buses would still run daily, but not in the middle of the day saving transportation costs.

  • Michelle

    This is nice that the school district is offering this option. We are moving to Medina soon. I currently have a kindergartner and happy he will finish out the year going everyday, half days. He currently does a full day split week. Going tues., thurs every other friday. But with the school calendar he hardly ever goes friday so he usually only goes to school 2 days a week. Because of the longer day he gets 2 recesses and snack time. I really am unhappy with it.