The Derry Cooperative School District will tweak the way it registers children for kindergarten, after a study and presentation by five of the district’s administrators.
Assistant Superintendent Chris Kellan, elementary principals Matt Olson, Dan LaFleur and Chris MacCallum and Derry Early Education Program (DEEP) Administrator Jane Boyle appeared at the Oct. 11 School Board meeting to discuss the changes, which Kellan said would better prepare the parents for fall and the board and administrators for budgeting.
Kellan said the administrative team currently begins the process in February for the following year. “By the time we’re done, it is closer to April,” he told the board and television audience.
The administrators know that even with an earlier registration process, they will never have all the children registered. “Some of the kids don’t even live in Derry yet,” Kellan said.
“Some parents start asking us in September,” Boyle said. “Parents want to plan ahead. It’s an important piece of why we want to start earlier.” Continue reading