Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) will offer all-day kindergarten (ADK) at 10 schools for the coming year, thanks to an expanded state budget.
While district financial guru Sally McLean had originally only budgeted for Valhalla Elementary to receive ADK this coming year, a small blessing came from Olympia after the Legislature's budget fight ended earlier this summer.
"I did not expect that the final budget would include funding for almost all of the governor's proposal," McLean said, referencing Gov. Jay Inslee's budget proposal, which had been the most ambitious in some regards to education funding. "This was a pleasant surprise."
The 10 schools that will now offer ADK include the aforementioned Valhalla, Panther Lake, Silver Lake, Rainier View, Adelaide, Brigadoon, Camelot, Lake Dolloff, Nautilus and Star Lake.
The existing programs at Mark Twain, Olympic View, Sunnycrest, Wildwood, Mirror Lake and Lake Grove will remain in place, according to FWPS.
The district also notes that students who were already signed up for ADK tuition programs at Camelot, Brigadoon, Panther Lake, Nautilus or Star Lake will no longer be required to pay tuition. It's anticipated that with the expected increases in state funding, ADK programs will continue to expand until 2017, when the state hopes to have all schools throughout the state offering ADK.
The first full day of kindergarten at the aforementioned schools will be Monday, Sept. 9. All other students in the school district will start school Sept. 4.
To learn more, visit www.fwps.org.