REDMOND, OR -- Redmond Schools officials are continuing to plan for all-day kindergarten in the district, beginning next school year. But, Superintendent Mike McIntosh tells KBND News funding the program could be a challenge. "The co-chair's budget comes out this week, so I want to glance at that. The governor's budget was woefully inadequate. The way I see it, the K-12 budget has to be $7.5 billion in the biennium to afford it. Either way, Redmond will in fact launch full day kindergarten." The co-chairs of the Oregon Ways and Means Committee are expected to release their "framkework" for a state budget discussion later today, in Salem. Governor Kitzhaber has proposed an $18 billion budget, with nearly half going to education.
McIntosh estimates full-day kindergarten in all 7 Redmond elementary schools will cost about $1 million. He says cuts to help pay for the increase in staffing and curriculum won't be decided into the state budget is finalized.