Millbury May Lose $60K Grant For Full-Day Kindergarten

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Millbury School Superintendent Susan Hitchcock (left, file photo) informed the School Committee that the district may lose $60K in grant money for full-day Kindergarten. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — Millbury’s school district may lose $60,000 in grant money from the state because the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may re-allocate full-day kindergarten grants  to under-performing districts with low-income families.

“We weren’t aware of this," Millbury Superintendent of Schools Susan Hitchcock told the School Committee Wednesday. "None of the Superintendents were and the state informed us that the grant money may cease as of July 1."

Under the redistricting plan, the grant money would be placed in “Gateway Communities," Hitchcock said, in an attempt to stimulate growth in lower-performing districts.

Millbury currently has six full-day kindergarten classes and Hitchcock was adamant that even if the grant is lost, the district will not discontinue or cut the program.

“If we’re forced to, we’ll take the money from somewhere else but we will continue to have a full-day program in Millbury,” she said.

In other business, Business Manager Richard Bedard informed the board that the district purchase of a minivan was purchased for less than the $50,000 authorized by Town Meeting. The vehicle was purchased for only $39,192 Bedard said, in part due to the trade-in value of the older van. The remaining $10,808 will be turned over to the town and placed into the free cash fund.

The school committee has scheduled a security meeting with all organizations that utilize school property on Monday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center at the high school. The main issues to be discussed are the door systems of school property and who is granted access. The public is invited to attend and feedback is appreciated.

The next scheduled meeting for the committee is Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Millbury High School Media Center.

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Mill bury currently has six full-day kindergarten classes and Hitchcock was inflexible that symmetric if the allotment is people, the regularize give not discontinue or cut the idea


Valley small businesses ar running into the same snag. A Valley business recently applied for a state grant and met the criteria to assist in their growth to bring in two more employees but was rejected because they are not located in a gateway city. It is absurd!


Some of the committee members did mention reaching out to Sen. Moore and Rep. Frost for the same reasons you mention. Will post a follow up when we learn anything new.


Perfect time to get Senator Moore involved, this is absolutely ass-backwards. The reward for good performance is to lose your funding? What are we supposed to do? Dumb down our kindergarteners? I though we were going to "invest" in education, Governor Patrick can not possibly support this rationale, it must be some threatening administrator run amuck. Common sense should prevail on this one.

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