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Reminder: Special Election in Little Silver Tuesday for Full-Day Kindergarten

Polls will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Whether will go ahead with a $1 million plan to add classroom space to accommodate a will be answered Tuesday night.

Voters head to the polls that day to weigh in on whether they support the initiative that will add $750,000 to the school district's debt service and cost the average homeowner about $25 extra dollars annually for the next 15 years.

Board of Education President Kevin Brennan sent out a letter to the school community on Friday outlining the board's decision to move forward with the plan and the five-year process that brought them to it.

The recent elimination of the April school board elections pushed the referendum vote to March, one of the four dates open to districts for special votes, to allow for construction to be complete for a 2013 school opening, according to Brennan.

Superintendent Carolyn Kossack said at the Feb. 23 board of education meeting that if the referendum does not pass, the issue probably won't come before voters for another 5 to 10 years.

Board member Chris Smith said at that same meeting, "Its an investment in ourselves, it's an investment in our town."

Polls will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To see the full letter, click here.

Susan March 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM
"Its an investment in ourselves, it's an investment in our town." Where is the investment in these children who should be home with Mommy or Daddy being cared for? Children at this age should not be pushed out the door for a full day program.
Alicia Murray March 13, 2012 at 06:43 PM
It.should be noted that the extra $25 a year is the construction cost and does not include the salary and benefit expense of two additional teachers as well as the added heating/cooling and maintenance.expenses for those two additional classrooms.
Don March 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I never vote against raising the school district's debt service, however, this will probably be the first time I vote No.
Shannon K. Winning March 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
I stayed at home with my kids when they were little but enjoyed the full day kindergarten we had in Highlands where I used to live. It was great because it gave me more one on one time with my youngest, who was only in preschool. When we moved to a new district, that also had full day kindergarten, I was relieved and sad at the same time to send my little one all day. For us it ended up being a great experience - it freed me up to work and my daughter loves school - but I can relate to the tension parents feel over the issue. I'm anxious to see how the voted goes.

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