Using savings gained from retirements, the Braintree School Department has been able to hire a part-time nurse for the full-day kindergarten program at Monatiquot School.
The addition of a nurse for two hours per day – on top off an on-call nurse from Hollis Elementary – went a long way toward satisfying the concerns of some School Committee members and should give parents peace of mind, Superintendent Dr. Maureen Murray said.
"That is a great addition," Committee Chair Shannon Hume said Monday night.
David Ringius, Jr., who voted against implementing full-day kindergarten at the former Braintree elementary school because of safety concerns, said that the hiring was "definitely a step in the right direction."
Dr. Murray said the nurse's schedule has yet to be finalized, but that she is consulting with Nursing Coordinator Paula Dowd and the nurse could be stationed at the school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Two full-day kindergarten classrooms will be held at Monatiquot this year. They will use the portion of the school not being used by Meeting House Montessori. Dr. Murray said that refurbishment is nearly done and the secure buzz-in system will be completed by next week.
A total of 148 students are projected to enroll in FDK this fall. Hollis Elementary is expecting 22 and Morrison Elementary 21, according to the latest projections, which are in flux until the start of the academic year, Dr. Murray said.
Another 105 students from all six Braintree elementary schools will form the two classrooms at Monatiquot and three at Braintree High School.