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F-M school board votes for full-day kindergarten

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: F-M school board votes for full-day kindergarten
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MANLIUS, N.Y. -- Fayetteville-Manlius schools will be moving to full-day kindergarten in the fall following a unanimous vote Monday night.

The district will get extra aid from the state to help convert its program to full-day kindergarten.

Previously, the district held hearings to discuss the issue, as some parents wanted it to remain a half-day program.

Administrators believe that starting the full-day program will help students, especially with Common Core standards now in place.

"It's going to give them the opportunity to have more social interaction. Have much more time for math and science and reading. They'll also have an opportunity to go play on the playground which is something kindergartners never could do," said Alexandra George, a parent.

F-M will start covering the full cost of the new kindergarten program in the 2016 school year.

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