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Summit Schools Host Full Day Kindergarten Town Hall Meeting Tonight

This meeting will be held at Jefferson Primary Center from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A panel will educate the Summit community on impact of Full Day Kindergarten and answer questions.

Summit Public Schools will hold a Town Hall meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. to educate the Summit community on the impact of Full Day Kingergarten on the students and the city.

This meeting will be held at Jefferson Primary Center, located at 110 Ashwood Ave., from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

This panel will present the educational, societal and community benefits of a FDK program, the financial and operational costs to Summit, the district’s facilities plan, and where FDK fits into the Board of Education’s priorities and goals, according to school officials. Additionally, early childhood education consultant, Kathie Priestly, will share an overview of FDK from a national perspective.

Board of Education Vice President Gloria Ron-Fornes will serve as the evening’s moderator.

Panelist include:

Celia Colbert, Board of Education Member and Education Committee Chair

Felix Gil, Principal of Summit’s Primary Centers

Julie Glazer, Assistant Superintendent

George Lucaci, Board of Education President

Louis Pepe, Business Administrator

Kathie Priestley, Early Childhood Education Consultant

Following the panel discussion, there will be an hour-long question and answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Tyler D January 23, 2013 at 06:09 PM
The problem with property values is that they are more complex than that. To expound: 1. If there are only about 300 kids in kindergarten and only half of those families care about full-day, then, at most 150 properties may be up related bidding. Then, many of those may already live in Summit. 2. The cost will increase property taxes on everyone in Summit. The price of homes must be reduced to make up for the higher property taxes since that is a major decision factor give that Summit has the highest in Union county. 3. Many come to Summit, used the schools (kindergarten included) and move away leaving us all with the additional long-term costs.
Marion Knott January 23, 2013 at 07:10 PM
As I said before, explore what aid N.J. gives towards FDK. My concern is the curriculium. Visit school districts nearby and see how they handle FDK. When my husband was supt. in his district that had the only FDK in Suffolk Co. NY it's true that while the K kids in his district were ahead of the K kids in three or four hour k, those kids tested the same by third grade. But that was years ago when FDK was a rarity. Today someone decided that FDK was an academic program so if you have a child from the Summit part time K move to a district when he/she is in first grade, they might be at a disadvantage. The children are our future, let's not equate them in dollars and cents. I pay taxes in two communities and I have no children in schools. I have no complaints tax wise just education wise. If that makes sense.
Tyler D January 23, 2013 at 07:26 PM
RE: "explore what aid N.J. gives towards FDK" - State Aid = Taxes. So, when I eventually find a job (while still paying property taxes) I will have more state taxes to pay. Yeah! That is money I could use to pay for summer camp, math tutoring, birthdays, etc. I have my priorities and FDK is not one of them. So, I should pay for it anyway? RE: "that was years ago when FDK was a rarity" That was in the 1970s when it started. In 2010, studies continue to show the same result. RE: "children are our future, let's not..." The children are our future, lets not saddle them with more debt, less inheritance, less money saved for college and instead paid for over priced, unwanted FDK. The only sensible solution, is to give individual families their on choice to pay for FDK. Let those who consume the service pay for it.
rmh January 25, 2013 at 02:10 AM
FYI - for all of you who are unaware of it, state law mandates only half a day of kindergarten, ergo parents would have the option of sending their kids only half a day if Summit offered FDK. Bacause of that law, all mandatory subjects must be taught in either the am or pm (at the discretion of the school) so that if a parent opts to only send thier child for half a day, he/she will not miss anything. Bottom line, the reamianing time is filled with "teacher's choice", a fancy name for restime and playtime. That can be done at home or in a private setting, not with taxpayers dollars.
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