RICHMOND — The most economical option for full-day kindergarten in the Madison County School District would conduct classes in four regional centers instead of each elementary school, according to Superintendent Elmer Thomas.
The plan would convert the present Mayfield Elementary School building into a kindergarten-only academy.
After the school board’s unanimous vote Oct. 10 to move forward with plan for all-day kindergarten, Thomas said he and his administrative team have been busy developing options to implement all-day kindergarten.
The board earlier voted for a tax rate that would raise revenue by 4 percent with the understanding that the extra money would be used to fund full-day kindergarten. Madison County is one of the few Kentucky districts with only half-day kindergarten.
“The board asked me to present them with a recommendation for implementing all-day kindergarten and we have been working to make the best recommendation possible,” Thomas said.
The superintendent, along with a planning team, looked at several options for the 2014-15 school year. However, only one option best fits the district’s needs, he said.
If approved by the board, Madison County Schools would open four kindergarten academies in the fall of 2014 to house all-day kindergartens.
“We have reviewed the possible plans and this option is in the best interest of the district,” Thomas said.
The Kingston and Waco elementary schools would each house kindergarten academies. Shannon Johnson Elementary in Berea would house an academy for kindergarten students in Shannon Johnson and Silver Creek elementary school zones and some students from the Kirksville Elementary School zone.
Mayfield Elementary would close as an elementary school and reopen as a kindergarten academy to house students from the White Hall, Glenn Marshall, Kit Carson, and Daniel Boone elementary school zones as well as some students from the Kirksville zone.