December 20, 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.