September, November and this week, and it is beginning to appear that the School Committee will ask Town Meeting for funding in a proposal that will focus half-day and full-day kindergarten classes at the Westlands School, shifting Community Education elsewhere.The School Committee has been discussing the topic of requesting funding for full-day kindergarten in recent meetings in
However, as Chelmsford's tax rate continues to rise, the question remains whether voters accept what School Committee member Nick DiSilvio indicated would be nearly $1 million extra per year in added costs for the school budget each year.
Today, we want to pose that question to you: is full-day kindergarten an inherent right for all Chelmsford children just like schooling at higher levels is, is it a luxury that the town can't afford, or do half-day programs work just as well for little ones still getting acclimated to a school environment?
For that matter, would Chelmsford voters accept an override vote to afford full-day kindergarten like Wellesley and Rockport?
Is a tuition-based approach best? It's common along the I-495 belt, but the School Committee is opposed to it, seeing it as a tax shouldered only by specific families.
And on the other hand, would Chelmsford be losing out if it does not invest in full-day kindergarten? One key attribute for any new resident when looking for a town is the quality of its school system, and reports from the National Education Association indicate that for every $1 spent on kindergarten, society sees a net return of $3 or even higher.
So today, we ask you -- what's your take? Tell us in the comments.
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