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Results of Full Day Kindergarten Study to be Presented at Brick BOE Meeting

Potential full-day kindergarten plan may be revealed

The results of a demographics study aimed at determining how to implement a full day kindergarten program in the Brick Township school district will be revealed at Thursday night's school board meeting.

The study was conducted by Ross Haber Associates, based in Milltown, Middlesex County. The firm has completed similar studies around the state, officials have said.

"He's done all of his research, and he's now ready to present it to the public," said Board President Sharon Cantillo. "We wanted to share everything with the public, and we want them to be included from the get-go."

In past discussions, school board members have said they favored transitioning the district to a full-day kindergarten program. Brick presently has 25 half-day kindergarten classes, Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski has said.

Cantillo said she favors switching to a full day program since studies have shown students perform better over their academic careers if they go to kindergarten full time. Additionally, she said, the state will likely require districts to offer full day classes soon.

A previous look by the district into full day kindergarten classes about a year ago showed the district would have to hire 14 new teachers, plus a part-time teacher at a cost of $983,000 per year in salaries and benefits.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at Brick Township High School at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

KC February 22, 2013 at 06:10 AM
Readiness comes from the home. I have seen students attending Brick schools all day (and yes even St. Dominics and St. Thomas Academy) and then get farmed out to local day care centers and after school programs and then make a third stop to Huntington Learning Center. The emotional and physical toll it takes on a six, seven or eight year old that is asked to complete a twelve + hour day is not a pretty sight. Let children be children. The months and years fly by. If parents aren't willing to make the financial sacrifice then they should reconsider their role as parents. IMHO
KC February 22, 2013 at 06:12 AM
The beginning is parenting.
shorecorruption February 22, 2013 at 02:22 PM
What about the lead problem in the schools,is it fixed ?
cindy February 22, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Parochial teachers are New Jersey certified and meet the same requirements as public school educators. All teachers must meet the highly-qualified standard, complete 20 hours of professional development each year, and join a Professional Learning Team (PLT). In addition, parochial teachers need to hold Diocesan catechist certification and are required to fullfill 12 hours of faith formation yearly. The curriculum is based on Diocesan Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. The technology at St. Dominic School is outstanding! They have amazing science and computer labs, a T.V. news studio, and wireless iPad, Netbook, and laptop carts that are used in K-8th grade. This year, they even added a 1:1 iPad program. Every 8th grader was given their own iPad to use during their school day!
jenny February 22, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Cindy....you might want to check on that. Not all catholic schools require their teachers to be state certified. They need experience working with children, but often do not need to have passed the Praxis exam and have state certification. I'm not speaking of any school in particular, but I have two friends who teach in local catholic schools, and are excellent, but did not have certification.

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