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Full-Day Kindergarten Lottery, Information Meeting Coming Up

The lottery will be held on Jan. 23 at the Colbert School. Attendance is not required.

A full-day kindergarten lottery for the 2013-2014 school year will be held on Jan. 23 at the Colbert School for the three classrooms currently being offered at Braintree High School.

Due to a lack of space within Braintree's elementary schools, Superintendent Dr. Kurzberg has said that the 60 spots at the high school are the only guaranteed full-day kindergarten seats next year.

A fourth classroom there may become available, depending on interest, but would involve students eating lunch in their rooms or in the BHS cafeteria after older students are finished, Dr. Kurzberg said.

The lottery will be at 11 a.m. All families will be notified the same day if their child has been chosen for the lottery. Principals and parents are not required to attend but are welcome to do so, according to a statement put out by the department.

Following the lottery, an informational meeting will take place on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. at East Middle School.

As part of an effort to increase educational space at the elementary level by next fall, the School Committee is considering adding 24 modular classrooms throughout the district or re-opening Monatiquot School. Either option could free up additional space for full-day kindergarten.

This year, the full-day program includes classrooms at Flaherty, Hollis and Morrison.

Committee members plan to vote on an option at their Jan. 28 meeting.

Look for a follow-up story on the school space proposals on Braintree Patch early next week.

BRIAN KACEY January 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Friggin' scam. Anyone who doesn't get it who needs it should get a GD tax break!!! So these mothers or fathers will stay home while their kids get full kindergarten and others will have to make arrangements since they have to work? Those who work should get priority!!!
Donna January 11, 2013 at 01:43 PM
That's so Sad. A Lottery for your Child's Early Education. Every Child should have the opportunity of Full Day School (and modular classrooms). Fund Schools, Not War !!!
kerry January 11, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Public schools should support the public needs, let's push for universal full day Kindergarten. Where is that proposal?
Matt January 11, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I wonder how many kids that go to schools in Braintree might live in another town. If its true then there would be no need for a lottery and all kids that really do live in Braintree can go to kindergarten for a full day.Someone should look into it.

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