The first days of school are made even more anxious than normal because of a policy that waits until the last minute to inform kindergarten students and their parents of what school they will be attending.
Students “think they’re going to Lincoln, and then we sneak up on them and suddenly they’re going to McKinley,” Larry Hart, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, told USD 257 board of trustees members at their meeting Monday night.
The procedure to inform kindergarteners of their school one week before classes begin is especially a problem for Hart, whose population-dense area typically has to send students to either McKinley or Jefferson schools. Lincoln has a maximum of 49 kindergarteners.
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