Full-day kindergarten is coming to Mount Olive. Probably.

At its April meeting, the board of education adopted a budget for the 2020-21 school year which includes funds to provide full-day kindergarten to students. However, the state has yet to specify exactly how much aid it will send to districts; those figures won’t come until June. Faced with a shortfall in revenue caused by COVID-19’s forced economic shutdown, the state could slash education aid – a scenario that would put the funding of full-day K in jeopardy.

If it does become a reality, the implementation of full-day K would be done without the construction of any additional classrooms. The lack of instructional space has been the biggest stumbling block that has prevented full-day K from being offered in the past. But recent changes in how instruction is delivered has freed up space in the district’s schools. This year’s expansion of inclusion at the elementary level, for example, has brought the instructional support for special education students into their regular classrooms; this has freed up space previously dedicated to pull-out remediation. The district has also shifted to mobile instructional technology and away from stand-alone computer labs, further opening up space that can be used for classroom instruction.

“When I joined the district, parents told me that full-day K was one of the programs they most wanted,” said Dr. Robert Zywicki, superintendent of schools. “I am thrilled to be able to make full-day K a reality. It will help our students academically, socially, and emotionally.”

A recent survey showed that approximately 89% of school districts in Morris County currently provide full-day K.

Sandshore Elementary School

Sandshore Elementary School
498 Sandshore Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973-691-4003

Visit Website

Mountain View Elementary School

Mountain View Elementary School
118 Cloverhill Drive
Flanders, NJ 07836
973-927-2201

Visit Website

Chester M. Stephens Elementary School

Chester M. Stephens Elementary School
99 Sunset Drive
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973-691-4002

Visit Website

Tinc Road School

Tinc Road School
24 Tinc Road
Flanders, NJ 07836
973-927-2203

Visit Website

Mt. Olive Middle School

Mt. Olive Middle School
160 Wolfe Road
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
973-691-4006

Visit Website

Mt. Olive High School

Mt. Olive High School
18 Corey Road
Flanders, NJ 07836
973-927-2208

Visit Website