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Full Day Kindergarten on November Ballot


On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the Caldwell - West Caldwell community will have an opportunity to vote on an initiative to give Kindergarteners in the district a full-day experience, beginning September 2019.  The question on the ballot will read as follows:

There shall be raised an additional $600,000 for General Funds in the 2018-19 School Year.  These taxes will be used to employ additional personnel and to acquire additional supplies in order to implement a full-day Kindergarten program.  Approval of these taxes will result in a permanent increase in the District’s tax levy.  The additional taxes authorized herein will be used exclusively for purposes described herein and to finance expenditures that are in addition to those necessary to achieve the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.


If passed, this would pay for five kindergarten teachers and five aides, as well as transportation and supervision.  It would allow the School District to offer a full-day experience for kindergarteners, most likely via a half day at their home school and a half day at Harrison School, beginning in the fall of 2019.  The funds in 2018-19 would be used for any facilities renovations in the summer of 2019.

If not passed, the School District would continue to offer the Kindergarten Enrichment Program, funded through parent tuition.


Additional Information

The district will hold information sessions/Open Agenda meetings in the BOE conference room on the following dates:

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7pm

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7pm

Monday, Oct. 8, 6pm

Thursday, Oct. 11, 7pm

Thursday, Nov. 1, 7pm

In addition, Dr. Heinegg will attend the HSA meetings at all four elementary schools in October:

Jefferson: October 9

Wilson: October 16

Lincoln: October 17

Washington: October 24