Winnipeg school division doing math on full-day kindergarten

The idea of full-day kindergarten and nursery is still alive at the city's largest school division.
Winnipeg School Division doing the math on full-day kindergarten 1:42

The idea of full-day kindergarten and nursery is still alive at the city's largest school division. 

The Winnipeg School Division has sent school trustee Mark Wasyliw's motion to its finance committee to crunch the numbers. 

There were concerns about the cost. Trustee Rita Hildahl said Winnipeggers don't want to pay more in taxes. 

"Something of this magnitude needs special consideration, especially with our staff and space requirements," she said. 

"Who would pay for this? Where would this $20 or 30 or 40 or 50 million come from?" she added.

But Wasyliw said full-day kindergarten helps students perform better at the higher grade levels, and it's an idea long overdue.

"We are going to be extremely fiscally prudent about this," Wasyliw said. "We are going to make sure it isn't too big of a shock to our system, or to taxpayers. I think if we do it that way, we will be able to get this program for the parents who want it."

Wasyliw wants to see a pilot program at some of the division's schools start as early as fall 2014.

"Since I have been on the board, people have been talking about this issue," he said. "Prior to me being on the board, people have been talking about this issue. I think we have to stop talking and start doing something."

A report is expected within the next few months.

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