- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014
Schools seeking space for all-day kindergartners

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - School districts across Minnesota are working to find more space for students, after lawmakers approved $134 million to fund all-day kindergarten.

In the past, some districts required parents to pay tuition for all-day kindergarten, which meant some families opted for free half-day programs - with afternoon and morning sessions often sharing a classroom. With all kindergarteners poised to attend school full-time, though, many schools are looking for ways to accommodate them all, Minnesota Public Radio News reported (http://bit.ly/1nB93TAhttp://bit.ly/1nB93TA ).

Although the new funding will help pay for schools to teach their kindergarteners all day, it can’t be used to add new learning space.

“It’s true they’re getting more money per student. But that’s for the educational costs,” said Greg Abbott, spokesman for the Minnesota School Boards Association. “That didn’t include more money for building additions.”

Forth-five Minnesota districts have gone to voters in the last 18 months to seek property tax increases for building projects. The Minnesota School Boards Association said 36 of the requests were related to building new schools or classrooms to help create space for all-day kindergarten students.


High winds cause problems in Twin Cities area

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - High winds caused problems around the Minneapolis area.

The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1y1rINHhttp://strib.mn/1y1rINH ) sailboats capsized Saturday on Lake Minnetonka, air travel was delayed and power was knocked out to thousands.

The National Weather Service reported peak wind of 68 mph in the area just before 1 p.m.

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, the regatta boats toppled in several bays on Lake Minnetonka and people had to be rescued from the water.

Just before 2 p.m., no planes were being allowed to take off or land from Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport and officials later advised travelers to check with airlines regarding delays.


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