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WOONSOCKET â€“ After a rocky political fight that goes back months, a new era of full-day kindergarten got off to a smooth start Wednesday as the first batch of little pioneers reported for classes.
About half of some 450 kindergartners arrived on the first day of school, and the other half arrives today in a staggered start to the year for the youngsters, according to Kindergarten Coordinator Donna Coderre, principal of Leo Savoie Elementary School.
One of the most disruptive things that could have happened to put a kink in the kindergarten kickoff would have been an unexpected wave of last-minute registrants, which is not unusual for kids whoâ€™ve never been to school full-time before. Last yearâ€™s batch of half-day kindergartners included some 60 newcomers the school district didnâ€™t know were going to show up until the first day of classes, forcing the district to scramble to provide teachers and classroom space on short notice.
Full story appears on page A1 on Thursday's Call.