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Port Chester Board Proposes to Keep Full-Day Kindergarten

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – According to board of education President Blanca Lopez, the board plans on amending the district’s proposed 2012-13 budget to restore full-day kindergarten for next year. As a result, the district will no longer have to eliminate JFK Magnet School’s Early Learning Center.

At an early March meeting of the board, the district proposed terminating 30 full-time positions, eliminating full-day kindergarten and closing JFK’s ELC as a way of closing the $2.1 million budget deficit.

Shortly after that meeting members of the district’s administration agreed to decreases in raises , and State Assembly member George Latimer (D-Rye) said on Monday that he was optimistic about the prospect of additional state aid.

While the board plans on restoring full-day kindergarten, concessions have been proposed in the district's reading support programs, which Lopez calls a "big ticket" non-mandated item.

"As always, thank you for your participation and support," Lopez posted on her Facebook page. "Only by working together will we be able to weather the storm and continue to provide our children with a solid education from kindergarten through 12th grade."

The board's proposed amendments will be further expounded at its Thursday, March 29 meeting inside the auditorium at Port Chester Middle School.

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