District begins foray into full-day 4K

37 students take the option; 13 choose half-day
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A new program began in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District when classes kicked off last week.

Full-day 4-year-old kindergarten started.

The district had been researching the option for months. Elementary School Principal Jeff Kondrakiewicz said in March that 80% of parents responding to a survey had “very strong or definite” interest in the full-day option.

The board approved offering full-day 4K in April with the support of the administration.

“In my opinion, it’s the right thing to do. It’s good for our families, good for our kids,” Supt. Chad Brakke said of full-day 4K.

Business Manager Tera Rogers said staff members who live outside the district have told her they would open enroll their children in Cedar Grove-Belgium if it offered full-day 4K.

The district hired an additional 1.5 full-time certified teachers to handle the increased workload. It has a total of 2.5 4K teachers.

One of the staff members has 4K experience and one of the instructional support staff members has a history of working with early learners on academic, social and emotional levels, Kondrakiewicz said.

The curriculum includes literacy and language development, math and numbers and socialization.

A total of 37 students are enrolled in the full-day program in two sections, making the average class size 18.5 students each.

The district continues to offer a morning half-day option. Thirteen students are enrolled in that program.

Last year, the district had 42 students enrolled in its half-day only 4K program.

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