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SRVUSD board to weigh canceling 2 elementary school programs

Other agenda topics include Women's History Month resolution, policy revisions, English-language development

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to debate Tuesday (Feb. 11) whether to halt two programs in place at some elementary schools in order to create continuity district-wide.

School district staff recommends doing away with extended-day kindergarten in favor of traditional morning/afternoon kindergarten schedules at all elementary schools next year, in part because of student population growth and the need to use classrooms more efficiently.

The Board of Education will also mull discontinuing the first-grade slip-reading schedule, which allows some students to receive one less hour of instruction time in exchange for an hour of learning in small groups. Staff suggests the change to establish similar scheduling and consistent practices at all campuses.

In other business during their meeting Tuesday night, board members will review proposed revisions to policies and administrative regulations on revolving funds and school-sponsored trips.

The board will also debate giving final approval to policy changes in the areas of nondiscrimination in district activities, tobacco use at schools, and employee recruitment and selection.

Board members will consider resolutions in support of March as Women's History Month and Arts Education Month.

They will also receive a presentation on English-language development and discuss appointing an alternate to the board overseeing TRAFFIX -- a joint venture among the town of Danville, city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and the school district aimed at addressing congestion caused by school-related traffic in the area's busiest intersections.

The regular open-session meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

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