The work session is at 7 p.m. at White Pines Middle School, 1400 S. Griffin St.
Grand Haven Area Public Schools officials said they plan to shift from half-day kindergarten to a full day, as well as move fifth-graders from the district’s seven elementary schools to one or both of the two middle schools for the 2012-13 school year.
Scott Grimes, assistant superintendent of human services for the district, said the structure shift is a result of the way state funding is changing for Young Fives and kindergarten programs.
Currently, the school district receives “full reimbursement” from the state for each half-day kindergartner. However, beginning in the 2012-13 school year, that funding is expected to be cut in half if school districts continue with their current half-day Y5/kindergarten program.
This state cut would mean a $1.8 million loss for the Grand Haven school district, according to Grimes.
The board will also host two informational meetings: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, at the Lakeshore Middle School auditorium; and 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at the White Pines Middle School auditorium.
More information about the GHAPS reconfiguration can be found on the district’s website: www.ghaps.org/content/reconfiguration.
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