Tuesday night’s agenda of the Rockcastle County Board of Education included a recommendation from Superintendent David Pensol asking the board to allow him and his administrative team to begin to design a plan to implement all-day kindergarten in Rockcastle County beginning August 2014. Superintendent Pensol explained that after much discussion of future plans for improvement in Rockcastle County Schools it became clear that a high priority must be given to the development of an all-day kindergarten program. “Students in Rockcastle County are currently at a significant disadvantage when compared to other students in the state. We are asking our students to compete academically without giving them equal time and opportunity to learn,” stated Pensol.
Rockcastle is one of only seven school districts in the state to currently operate a half-day kindergarten program. Of the state’s 173 school districts, Madison County, Beechwood Independent, Jessamine County, Ludlow Independent, Science Hill Independent and Walton-Verona Independent complete the list of the other six districts operating half-day programs. “We have known for years that Rockcastle was one of a few districts maintaining a half-day program; however, we can no longer allow this practice to place our children at such academic risk. Rockcastle County Schools must pull together to make all-day kindergarten a reality for our children,” said Superintendent Pensol.
The board approved Superintendent Pensol’s recommendation to bring a proposal to the January board meeting outlining the development, processes and procedures for an all-day kindergarten program to be implemented in each elementary school beginning next school year.