District scales back full-day kindergarten | TahoeDailyTribune.com

District scales back full-day kindergarten

William Ferchland

Despite pressure from the community, Lake Tahoe Unified School District will have half-day kindergarten for the 2004-05 school year.

The cutback is attributed to the district scaling back its offerings because of budget constraints. Last year the district offered both but discovered it violated education code, said Superintendent Diane Scheerhorn.

The kindergarten sites will be at the three elementary schools: Bijou, Sierra House and Tahoe Valley.

While district officials couldn’t provide a specific cost, Scheerhorn said money will be saved from one transportation route being eliminated.

Kindergarten at St. Theresa Catholic School is reaching capacity, said Principal Danette Winslow. She partially attributes the increase to the district’s kindergarten cut.

“I’m expecting to go to a waiting list,” Winslow said, noting it was the first time in the school’s 10-year history for such an occurrence. “I only have a couple spots left open. We’ll go to 32 (students) in a classroom,” she said.

Wendy David, president of the district’s school board, was disappointed with the cutback but said the board will make it a priority to return kindergarten to a full day.

– E-mail William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com

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