Vote no on full-day kindergarten

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

To the Editor:

Voters should be aware that a number of warrant articles will be presented at this year’s Cooperative School District meeting on March 9 at 7 p.m., in the cafeteria of the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle-Senior High School. I believe of special interest is Article 8, if approved, would extend the Lyndeborough Kindergarten Program from one-half day to a full day at an additional cost of $124,729. For a number of reasons I don’t believe such an action should be supported.

The town of Lyndeborough, after much deliberation finally approved a half-day kindergarten program and now before the doors even open and we know how many students will actually attend, the School Board is asking to increase the program to a full day.

The projected cost of $124,729 would be added to this year’s tax bill at a time when every effort is being made to reduce the budget during these difficult economic times.

Extending the program to a full day, if needed, can be approved any time in the future when financial conditions have improved and the number of actual students is better known.

If you agree, vote NO on Warrant 8, after all it makes little sense to reduce the operating budget only to approve special warrants.



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