Board takes measures for kindergarten readiness

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – From a new program aimed at kindergarten readiness to healthy changes to school lunches, the West Lafayette Community School Corporation board covered several topics Wednesday night.

Board members passed several motions aimed to help kindergartners.

First, they allowed the bornlearning academies to use school property. United Way leaders introduced the program at last month’s annual joint school board meeting. The biggest piece may be that 150 families in Tippecanoe County will get more hands-on training in bornlearning academies taught by teachers. United Way said more than 40 percent of 5 year olds enter their first day of kindergarten unprepared, either academically or socially.

The board also passed another step designed to help kindergartners be ready. Starting this fall, they will ease into the new routine of moving up to kindergarten.

“Children have a little bit of time to get acclimated before they hit the classroom full time, so it will be a couple day transition where there will be smaller chunks of time and we’ll keep adding to their schedule,” said Dr. Rocky Killion.

The board also learned more about the changes coming to school lunches next year. Because of the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010, the corporation must reduce sodium by 10 percent. This means spices will be substituted for salt, there will be more cooking from scratch, and salt shakers will be removed from the cafeterias.

Also, the corporation is looking to provide breakfast at the two elementary schools. Food Service director Jim Tyner said nurses are noticing that kids are hungry and they are given snacks to hold them over.

Dr. Killion is also moving forward with the promotion of the documentary “Rise Above the Mark.” He said there has several invitations for screenings from organizations like the National School Boards Association and Harvard University.

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