The Niagara-Wheatfield school district is re-considering cutting its Kindergarten program after receiving an ear full from concerned parents and teachers, but not without help from taxpayers. Check out the full story inside...

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As you may remember from this week’s #HotTopicTuesday, the Niagara-Wheatfield school district was considering cutting Kindergarten. The community’s voice was heard on Wednesday night during a school board meeting.

During the meeting, a Niagara-Wheatfield district parent said this about the children:

"They'll  fall behind before they even get started. How are they supposed to be prepared for the rigorous state tests they're expected to pass beginning in third grade?"

This parent, along with other people who support keeping Kindergarten, stated their strong opinions. As a result, the school board president ended up backing off and said:

"Please know that we apologize for the mishandling of things in recent past that has forced the district to get to this point."

 

He then announced that they are no longer thinking about cutting Kindergarten.

However, taxpayers must agree to a 5.91 percent tax increase in order to fulfil the $1 million budget gap they were worried about. Otherwise, Kindergarten would only be half days.

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That leaves the question: Are taxpayers willing to pay more taxes in order to save the Kindergarten program?

There is a budget vote on May 21 that will result in the final say.