MOUNT VERNON — Finances, of course, are a major concern when school districts consider making any major changes to curriculums and programs. Mount Vernon’s quest to implement all-day every-day kindergarten classes is a case in point. New levy money will not be used to fund the increased number of kindergarten classes; administrators have figured out a way to make the switch without tapping into new funds.
“The passage of the levy was key,” said Superintendent Steve Short, “because it allows us to do some things we would normally be conservative on. With the levy passing, that community support allows us to be a little bit more ambitious in meeting the needs of our kids, knowing that there is a cushion should we so need it.”
Superintendent-elect Bill Seder said the administration has taken a careful look into how the district can pay for the kindergarten switch-over. The goal, Seder said, is to maximize current positions, carefully evaluate retirements and resignations and investigate additional cost savings measures. “I will always ask when someone retires or resigns,” he said, “’Do I need to fill the position?’ If the answer’s yes, we’ll fill it. If the answer is ‘well, we can be creative,’ we will be creative. If the answer is ‘no,’ then we won’t fill it.”
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