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Kindergarten Classroom Construction Remains on Schedule for Point Road

Despite Hurricane Sandy, officials say the construction project that will accommodate a full-day kindergarten program in Little Silver remains on track.

Full-day kindergarten remains on track to open in September at Point Road School, according to the district's business administrator.

is set to begin late March, Little Silver Business Administrator Amy Lerner said in an e-mail.

The contractor is scheduled to begin mobilizing site fencing during the last week of March, which was originally slated as spring break for the district. which eliminated much of spring break to make up for days lost following Hurricane Sandy, might require a change to those plans, said Lerner.

"We will need to address all safety and security issues that may arise and will work to ensure that there is not a disruption to the students during their school day," she said.

Those issues are to be discussed at the project's first pre-construction meeting Jan. 7, Lerner added.

Rampart Construction submitted the winning bid for the project last month at $760,200.

Little Silver residents voted in March in support of a referendum for the project. Taxpayers will support $750,000 of the $1 million project, with $250,000 coming from a capital reserve account.

Lerner said, "We are on schedule for the opening in September and do not have any reason to believe that the project won’t be completed as planned."

S Talarico January 04, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Not all Little Silver residents voted for it. Can't wait till my taxes go up AGAIN when they hire the 2 additional teachers they will need to staff the all day kindergarten.
Monmouth Resident January 04, 2013 at 10:40 PM
My kids missed it, but I voted for it anyway. Glad to see it finally approved.... Well done!
3boyz2grlz January 05, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Little Silver is comprised primaraly of residents who are raising families. Some of my neighbors are now enjoying grandchildren and remain in town because of what it has long provided...community, safety and outstanding education. If you are not happy with the taxes and educational improvements, then put your house on the market and let someone who will appreciate it live here. For the record, my children wont benefit from full day k.
John Anderson January 05, 2013 at 01:40 PM
Glorified babysitting.
David E January 06, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Just jack up my taxes on a flood distressed property. BTW, where is the abated assessement for flood distressed properties. Sent that in over a month ago, still no word yet.
Carlye Gerhard Laido January 16, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Please tell me you are joking? Have you ever once looked at the Common Core State Standards that are expected for every Kindergarten student in the entire state? Over 70% of districts in the state have full day Kindergarten and our children are expected to meet the exact same goals as those that are full day. My child who is in Kindergarten has little to no free time during the less than 3 hours at school to be a 5 year old child. They very rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to play on the playground or have free play in the classroom. They come out of school exhausted and hungry from the non stop work that must be accomplished in order to meet the goals that are expected from them. Goals and standards in education have changed significantly since I was (and I am assuming you) in school and in order to remain competitive we need to change and grow with them. Here is the Mission Statement for the Common Core Standards - The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy. Certainly doesn't sound like glorified babysitting to me.
Carlye Gerhard Laido January 16, 2013 at 08:13 PM
If you had been following the discussions on the Patch you would have seen the statement from Dr. Kossack regarding the hiring of two new teachers. Kossack said that the district's initiative to increase revenue -- through the summer enrichment program, facilities rental fees and non-resident tuition -- has resulted in the "equivalent of one teacher." Teachers will also begin paying more for their health care when they enter a new contract phase next year. And ultimately, Kossack said, the operating budget needs to be kept within the two-percent cap or it would have to be put out for a vote to be approved by taxpayers. http://littlesilver.patch.com/articles/kindergarten

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