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Radnor Schools Want Community Input on Full Day Kindergarten

Participation Needed - Radnor Schools Full-Day Kindergarten Survey

For the past few weeks, the Radnor Township School District has been seeking input from the community about full-day kindergarten through a survey posted on the RTSD web site.  In order to make an informed decision that really reflects the desires of the community, we need to hear from you!  The deadline for the survey is tomorrow, February 26th.  Whether you have children still to attend kindergarten, children who already attended kindergarten, are a public school parent or private school parent, we want to hear from you!  Please go to www.rtsd.org and complete this quick survey.  Thank you!

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Metoxic February 25, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I took the survey. I am 100% in favor of all-day kindergarten. However, I have no preschool-aged children. Most of my answers had to be "NA". I am afraid all those NA responses could be interpreted as indifference.
Lisa Borowski February 26, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Thanks for taking the survey. I had a lot of "NA" myself as my kids are way past kindergarten as well. We will need to take that into consideration when interpreting the results. Thanks again for your input!
Radnor Township School District February 29, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Thank you for your input. Rest assured your "N/A" responses will not be interpreted as indifference. Your completion of the survey in and of itself proves you care!
justwondering March 01, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Full Day - just tell us how much it will cost and do we have the staff and facilities? Because if we don't - then we don't need it - because we cannot afford it.
justwondering March 01, 2012 at 12:35 AM
This is a diaper company that wants to keep toddlers in their product - Full day kindergarten is not necessary in a town as affluent as Radnor. It is not child care and frankly, aren't our kids 'school ready' already? I would like to see the cost of this proposal so I can tell you where we can spend this money in a better, more efficient way........
Lisa Borowski March 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Hi justwondering, Thanks for your comments. As board members we need to hear from the community to make informed decisions about our schools, which is why I wanted to encourage people to complete the survey. I believe that the information you are looking for is soon to come. As soon as I know when a presentation about full day K will be made to the board I will post the date as this will be open to the community (as are all our committee and board meetings). Thank you again for your input.
Just me December 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
My understanding is that full day kindergarten will be at only Ithan Elementary School. I think if we are going this route it needs to be at all three schools. My children are long past kindergarten but after five years of day care/preschool half day kindergarten was a step backward for my kids ... the extended day program at the time was pricey but excellent and they got more out of that than they did out of the regular kindergarten class.
justwondering December 05, 2012 at 07:32 PM
So why was this ONE PARTICULAR meeting not televised?
Sam Strike (Editor) December 05, 2012 at 07:34 PM
That's the plan right now - the full day at Ithan with half day available at all schools.
Annie Webb December 06, 2012 at 03:38 AM
All things being equal, sure we should have FDK. But, we don't have the space to house all the kids or money to pay the staff. It's absolutely unconscionable that this board voted to approve it during an untelevised meeting when the vote was not put on the agenda. We need to demand way more of our School Board than pushing through a program in the dark of the night without stakeholder support. It seems to be the way this board and administration operates lately. I'm very discouraged. A 5-4 vote? The 4 nays voted correctly, in my opinion.
I Lived Here for 25 Years & Finally Moved Out December 07, 2012 at 04:30 AM
RTSB is controlled by 5 out of control spenders of our tax dollars. They've done so well that our great Superintendent is resigning. Radnor voted these people in and is now enjoying much higher school taxes thanks to them!

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