In a 36-page presentation (available on the district's website), town officials learned:
111 students are enrolled in full-day Kindergarten and pay $3,475 per student for a total of $350,106 each year.
85 students are enrolled in the half-day Kindergarten program.
94% of districts in Massachusetts offer full-day Kindergarten; 75% of them at no charge.
The state's language frameworks were changed in 2011 and there is now a long list of Kindergarten benchmarks compared to the previous (2001) requirement that a child be able to "print upper- and lower-case letters of the alphabet" after finishing Kindergarten.
The full report is available HERE but a summary of the report states:
- Curriculum changes are driving this proposal.
- Holliston parents are ready for this change.
- This proposal is a good investment paid for by the state in FY16 and beyond: