Hudson School Board won't back kindergarten article

HUDSON – The School Board chose Monday night to not recommend the school district warrant article that, if passed by voters at the March 10 election, would implement public kindergarten for the 2009-10 school year.

Article 9, which was amended by the district and approved by residents at Saturday’s deliberative session, calls for an appropriation of roughly $1.23 million to implement half-day public kindergarten starting in September.

The figure includes funding for 270 students, lease of portable classrooms, teacher salaries, bus transportation and other related costs.

Monday night’s motion by Gary Rodgers to recommend the amended article died after board members failed to second his motion.

The article was originally drafted by resident Donna Ohanian and put on the deliberative session agenda by petition.

The district’s amendment raises the expenditures that Ohanian called for in her version.