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Fayetteville-Manlius looking to add full day kindergarten

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Fayetteville-Manlius looking to add full day kindergarten
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MANLIUS, N.Y. -- The Fayetteville-Manlius School District is looking at adding full day kindergarten. Research was presented to the board of education Monday night.

A group of teachers and administrators in the district looked at the pros and cons of adding the program. It will come with a price.

State aid will help with the conversion the first two years, but after that, it could cost the district more than $460,000 each year after that.

People who put together the study believe full day kindergarten is needed to meet Common Core expectations. It would double the amount of instruction time.

That has some parents worried.

"If you change it for next fall when we have no time to send our children to a pre-school program that is longer, then that transition gets bumped to a younger age. You're talking about a four-year-old, just five-year-old, making that transition instead of a child who is six. I just think next year is not the time," one parent said.

Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said, "One of the main things that we studied was the amount of time our young learners need to work with the new standards. F-M supports those standards. We feel they are good for our children. We studied a half day program versus a full day program to better meet the needs of the new standards."

Board members are scheduled to vote on full day kindergarten next month.

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