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All-day kindergarten cancelled for lack of interest

"A full-day kindergarten pilot program scheduled to begin at PineCrest Elementary School Jan. 31 has been placed on the back burner due to a lack of participation.“We are a little disappointed that there is not enough interest,” PineCrest Principal Bruce Hobart said.During Wednesday’s meeting of the Central Kitsap School Board, director of elementary education Allen Hughes said numbers of interested parents “diminished considerably.” The class needed 22 students to be viable, but only 10 of those spots were filled.“There was good initial interest,” Hobart said. “We just didn’t have the numbers.”The full-day kindergarten proposal was first presented during the Oct. 21 school board meeting and approved at the Nov. 4 meeting. PineCrest is one of two elementary schools that offers extended-day kindergarten in the CK school district, along with Brownsville Elementary.The proposed full-day program would require an estimated tuition of $550-$2,200, depending on whether a student qualifies for the free or reduced lunch program. It provided for 22 seats in the full-day class: 16 seats for students not qualifying for free or reduced lunch, with tuition being $2,200; three seats for students qualifying for reduced lunch, with tuition costing $1,100; and three seats for students qualifying for free lunch with tuition running at $550. The tuition would have provided the district with $40,150, covering estimated per-classroom cost of $39,700.Hughes said seven schools in the district, including PineCrest, have expressed an interest in having a full-day kindergarten program for the 2000-2001 school year. He said the district will continue to explore ways of making the program work and hopes to have it initiated by next year.Hobart agreed, saying he believes the program will be more successful with more time and he foresees a full-day kindergarten program at his school soon."

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