F-M Board of Education to vote on full-day kindergarten

— The Fayetteville-Manlius School District Board of Education plans to vote during its 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 meeting on whether to implement a full-day kindergarten program and also discuss the possibility of expanding the district’s foreign language program.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium at Eagle Hill Middle School, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius. The auditorium entrance doors will be unlocked for the meeting, as will the building doors by the cafeteria.

Currently, the district offers half-day kindergarten with students attending either the morning or afternoon session. Prompted by a recent analysis of the district’s enrollment numbers and the increased rigor of New York’s Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS), the board had asked the administration to research the advisability of implementing a full-day program.

A group of teachers and administrators under the direction of Superintendent Corliss Kaiser presented a report to the board in December, which included a recommendation that the Board implement the full-day program for the 2014-15 school year.

Another group of F-M teachers worked with district administrators to study the feasibility of expanding the district’s foreign language program into earlier grades. The group recommended to the Board in November that the district continues for 2014-15 with its grades seven through 12 Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program.

Members of that group determined that expanding LOTE would require a revamping of the master schedule and could possibly take time away from core academics. Since the district is still adjusting to the new Common Core Learning Standards, they felt that the district should wait before making any major changes to the core academic schedule.

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