F-M switching to full-day kindergarten in the fall

The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education voted unanimously to implement a full-day kindergarten program starting in the fall of 2014.

The Board voted Monday night to add the full-day program, saying it gives teachers more time to work with students.

â??Because of the increased rigor of the state standards, we have been making changes at every grade level in the ways we teach our students,â?? Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said in a press release. â??Moving to a full-day program for kindergarten is just one more way we are adopting our teaching and curriculum to best prepare our students for success.â??

If the state legislature enacts the governorâ??s budget proposal, the district will receive about $733,000 in conversion aid from the state to implement the program. That aid will cover the costs of implementation for the first year and will offset some costs for the second year. The district will assume the full cost of the program in the 2016-17 school year.

The full cost of the program is about $500,000. The estimated cost for the full-day program in the 2014-15 year includes $450,000 for additional teaching salaries and benefits, $55,080 for aides and a one-time fee of $35,000 for additional classroom materials and supplies.

The district would eliminate the need for midday transportation, and said this will save approximately $64,283 a year.