Norwalk changes kindergarten birthday deadline

Cary Ashby • Jan 10, 2013 at 7:07 PM

This week, the Norwalk City Schools board of education voted to move the kindergarten birthday deadline to Aug. 1.

That's the date by which rising kindergartners need to be 5 years old.

"The teachers gave a convincing presentation," said Superintendent Dennis Doughty, referring to the November meeting.

Kindergarten teachers said they wanted the district to push back the deadline from Sept. 30 to Aug. 1 because they said having students who are a few months older makes a big difference with the way they perform in the classroom. The vote was 3-2. Board members Janet Broz, Steve Linder and Ralph Ritzenthaler voted for the change while John Lendrum and Rob Ludwig were against it.

Lendrum, before the vote, said Doughty made a good point by earlier recommending the new deadline should be for the 2014-2015 school year. Broz said preschool teachers had contacted her to say the Aug. 1 birthday deadline "was enough lead time" for students.

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