The Wisconsin Dells School District will switch exclusively to a full-day format for kindergarten four-year-olds starting in the 2021-2022 school year.
The school board unanimously approved the measure at its school board meeting on April 26, at which school board members also decided to close Neenah Creek Elementary School at the end of this school year.
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Currently, Lake Delton Elementary School offers a half-day 4K program Spring Hill Elementary School offers a 4K half-day section and a full-day section. With the new format, the 4K program will be offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at Spring Hill Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. and 8:05 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Lake Delton Elementary School.
District administrator Terry Slack told the meeting that a full-day program has been implemented at Spring Hill Elementary School for nine years. In addition to literacy and math skills, Spring Hill principal Julie Ennis said a full-day format includes classes like music and physical education. Breakfast and lunch are served for a full day, she said. A half-day section is four days a week from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The full-day format is four days a week, with each student attending school two days a week, Ennis said.
Traditionally, the school district has offered six sections of 4K, but due to declining enrollment, five sections can be offered, Slack said. The measure will save the district more than $ 53,800 next school year.