Board considers shortening kindergarten schedule in Mt. Healthy

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Seven kindergarten teacher positions could be on the chopping block in the Mt. Healthy City School District.

Superintendent Lori Handler recommended to school board members Monday night that they approve a resolution for a waiver to end all day school for kindergartners for the upcoming school year.

She says the federal grant money is simply no longer available to fund a full day.

If the board signs off on the financial impact waiver it will then be sent to the state Board of Education for approval since current laws require all day classes for the kindergartners.

"Because the funding is not there for kindergarten this is an area that we have to cut," Superintendent Handler said. "Unfortunately our kids need all day kindergarten but we just can't afford it, the taxpayers can't afford to make that happen. This is just an unfortunate consequence of budget reductions."

Handler says parents will be notified when the decision becomes final. Kindergarten teachers were told about the possible cuts last Friday. She says they will try to place teachers in other positions in the district before cutting any teachers from district payrolls.

Handler does expect the recommendation to be approved which means Kindergarten classes will begin a shortened schedule in the fall. She says the district will work this summer on new curriculum to make sure students will continue getting all require coursework completed within the shortened day.

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