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4YK goes to 5 days; budget cuts aired at Ellsworth School Board meet

The four-year-old kindergarten program was changed from four to five days, and proposed budget adjustments were examined at a special public meeting of the Ellsworth School Board Monday.

Much of the 4YK discussion was about how children at that age would fare under a five-day schedule. While some who spoke from the audience of approximately 40 people had reservations about the move, others were okay with it.

Board members ultimately approved the option among three presented calling for offering 4YK programming five days a week at 2.5 hours per day. The vote was five in favor and two opposed.

Also at the meeting, Superintendent Barry Cain reviewed a list of potential budget adjustments for the 2010-11 school year which, if implemented, would result in a total impact of $617,443. He cited three other items being studied as well. The board is expected to decide about the adjustments at a special meeting next Monday.

Read more in the print version of the Herald March 31.

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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