Up­per Ca­na­da schools jumps­tart new term

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BRO­CK­VILLE | Staff and ad­mi­nis­tra­tion for the Up­per Ca­na­da school dis­trict are congra­tu­la­ting them­selves on get­ting «a jumps­tart ahead» of other dis­tricts for the 2014-2015 term.

Di­rec­tor Da­vid K. Tho­mas of the Up­per Ca­na­da Dis­trict School Board (UCDSB) ex­pres­sed sa­tis­fac­tion with the dis­trict’s “cou­ra­geous de­ci­sion” to forge ahead last term with full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the full­time kinder­gar­ten pro­gram at all UCDSB ele­men­ta­ry schools ins­tead of wai­ting one more year to fi­nish the pro­ject.

“Two years ago, our dis­trict trus­tees and se­nior lea­der­ship de­ter­mi­ned we would ful­ly im­ple­ment full-time kinder­gar­ten one year ahead of the pro­vin­cial man­date,” Tho­mas sta­ted in a press re­lease. “That made for a ve­ry dif­fi­cult, ve­ry tight bud­get last year be­cause, of course, the pro­vin­cial mo- ney to com­press a five-year pro­gram in­to four did not come with it. But it was worth it to en­sure our new stu­dents had a head start in their lear­ning through the qua­li­ty pro­gram­ming that full-time kinder­gar­ten (FTK) of­fers.”

Tho­mas no­ted that the start of the new school term this Sep­tem­ber has been al­most per­fect “with ve­ry few dis­trac­tions” be­cause all of the ele­men­ta­ry schools are in line now with their full-time kinder­gar­ten pro­grams while other school dis­tricts are still strug­gling to fi­nish set­ting up their FTKs and ad­just their bud­gets to ac­com­mo­date the fi­nal year of im­ple­men­ta­tion.

The pro­vin­cial go­vern­ment set a five - year dead­line for all On­ta­rio school dis­tricts to in­tro­duce full-time kinder­gar­ten pro­grams for their ele­men­ta­ry school cur­ri­cu­lums.

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