Concerns about Mamaroneck Schools cutting the kindergarten schedule even further
are circulating among district parents with young children.
One email urges objecting parents to be heard (and reminding them of past parental successes with this strategy), urges the Teacher’s Association to make concessions, but also describes the situtation as follows.
Keep in mind this is not the frst time this proposal has been floated; it has never been implemented. (Don’t get a bunch of smart mommies upset….)
The District has proposed eliminating full day kindergarten for all children at Central, Chatsworth and Murray unless they can prove the need for additional instruction time. Mamaroneck Avenue School children will retain full day kindergarten, regardless of need.
This reduction would eliminate 21 jobs and reduce the school budget by $1.3 million.
- There are no neighboring school districts to us with half day kindergarten
- There are only a few districts in Westchester county with our current hybrid system (mixed half/full days)
- Is this a "good" cut with minimal impact? Ask your realtor how this change will impact our community’s property values
This note circulating among Chatsworth parents is more specific:
With preschoolers at home, I thought you would be interested to hear the recap of tonight’s budget workshop meeting. Superintendent Fried, in an effort to create a budget-to-budget increase under 3%, recommended cost reductions totalling $3.8 million.
Among other things, his recommendation proposes half day kindergarten at Murray and Chatsworth. I believe there is a contractual hour lunch break and 1/2 hour teacher preparation period, bringing each half day session to roughly 2 1/4 hours. It was mentioned to me that every other district in the county offers full day kindergarten except Bronxville, Chappaqua, and now possibly us.
The next meeting is Tuesday, 2/9. Please come to voice feedback or simply offer support to those who offer feedback.