Full-Day Kindergarten a reality at Smith-Green

A total of 314 school corporations across the state indicated interest and nearly 62,500 students have been designated for the program. CES Principal Shellie Miller said the Extended-Day Kindergarten program was set to begin on September 13. The school used three sources of data to pick the students in the most need for the class. Special Needs Preschool Teacher Cindy Kostoff will teach the class in the afternoon after the students are done with their morning kindergarten class. 

In addition to the Full-Day Kindergarten Grant, SGCS received the Safe Haven Grant, which will allocate $10,687 towards the Character Counts Program at CES. Churubusco Jr-Sr High School Assistant Principal Jerry Lange also reported to the Board that the American Lung Association granted SGCS $37,000 to upgrade 14 buses with pre-heaters to reduce idle time during the cold weather season. 

In other Board news:

Superintendent Steve Darnell reported that 40 students from outside of the District transferred to SGCS as part of the open-enrollment program. Darnell said 40 was a “sizeable number” and he was “certainly pleased” by the response. With the help of the transfer students, first week enrollment was up by 34 students and Average Daily Membership (ADM), which drives funding and is based on the actual time a student is at school, was up by 27.5. 

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