4K classes on the move to elementary

So that the School District of Sheboygan Falls can provide the best educational program for all students, elementary principal Lynn Bub has asked the Board of Education to consider a recommendation to move the 4-year-old kindergarten program, currently housed at the middle school, to the elementary school.

At a recent meeting, Bub provided members of the School Board with her rationale for the change.

Bub shared reasons for her decision, including educational research that shows that school success is greatly increased when the number of transitions students make are reduced.

She explained that starting the district’s youngest students at the elementary building and continuing for their entire 4K through fourth grade experience will eliminate one transition students make.

The current proposal does not include moving students from the 4K program, currently housed at Sheboygan Falls YMCA location, because some parents prefer that option and can take advantage of child care offered there.

“We have been looking for this opportunity since we began the 4K program,” Sheboygan Falls District Administrator Jean Born said. “Though our staff have been able to provide a quality program in the middle school, we have always hoped that we could find a space at the elementary for them.”

Current enrollment for incoming kindergarten and first graders combined is approximately 50 students fewer than typical classes.

Bub explained that due to the change in enrollment for these groups, there are classrooms available in the elementary school building that will provide space for early childhood and 4K classrooms that are currently at the middle school.

The Board of Education supports the plan to move the 4K and early childhood programs currently housed at the middle school to the elementary building starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Born also asked that Bub consider the savings, if any, that might be realized due to reduced bus routes to the middle school for 4K and early childhood students.

“I’m excited to have the school board unanimously backing Mrs. Bub’s idea, and look forward to working with her as we move ahead on this opportunity for our students,” concluded Born.

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