I'm saddened to report that last night the East Penn School Board defeated the plan to offer the community full day kindergarten, by a vote of 4-5. I voted in favor of the plan, along with Ken Bacher, Paul Champagne, and Alan Earnshaw. Voting against the plan were Carol Allen, Chuck Ballard, Chris Donatelli, Rebecca Heid, and Wally Vinovskis.
Some of the school board members who defeated the plan gave no reasons at all for their vote. Others gave differing reasons, including raising concerns about the proposal that I share. Nothing in the discussion, however, changed my own view that full day kindergarten had benefits that far outweighed its drawbacks, was sorely needed in our rapidly changing community, and was affordable to district taxpayers. (I made my views on these issues public well in advance of the meeting, which you can review here.)
What You Can Do
I remain optimistic about our East Penn schools and committed to promoting and improving public education that serves the common good. This won't be the last important issue to come before the school board. Regardless of your feelings about full day kindergarten, if you would like to have a greater voice in the direction of our schools, I encourage you to: