Carroll Co. is to study adding classrooms

November 21, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Carroll commissioners unanimously approved a $60,000 engineering study yesterday on adding classrooms for all-day kindergarten programs in the county.

The study responds to requirements of the $1.3 billion Thornton Commission education reforms that all Maryland kindergartners must be in full-day programs by the 2007-2008 school year.

In the meantime, Carroll school officials are planning to meet with local legislators in hopes of gaining an exemption from the requirement.

A proposal devised by school officials would allow the Carroll school system to offer full-day kindergarten only to children whose test scores show that they struggle with basic skills.

Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge wondered whether the county should go forward with the study when there are plans to seek an exemption and there are questions of whether the reforms would be funded in the upcoming legislative session.

But Ted Zaleski, director of the county's Department of Management and Budget, said the county must start taking action to meet the all-day kindergarten requirement by the 2007-2008 timeline.

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