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RPS looks at all-day kindergarten

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The discussion of all-day kindergarten and extensive pre-kindergarten programs is back on the table for Rochester Public Schools.

The School Board had a study session Tuesday to discuss the possibility of both.

The School Board spent more than two hours discussing pre-K education and all-day kindergarten with the goal of determining if the board wanted to explore possibly expanding either option.

Longfellow and Riverside already offer all day kindergarten, but more than 100 students who live within the Rochester School District attend a different school that offers the program.

One of the issues complicating the decision is that the state of Minnesota only provides funding for half-day kindergarten and none for early childhood, so the school district would have to find other money to make up the difference.

Despite that, many but not all board members offered firm support for the measures.

"I think that's what we got tonight is that they want us to continue going down that journey and bring back some information for them so they can make a decision sometime in the future," said Superintendent Michael Muñoz. 

No decision was made Tuesday.  The meeting was about whether the board wanted to explore the possibility.

However many board members at the meeting said they had moved past the questions of if all day kindergarten would happen and now focused on "when and how" it would be expanded.

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