Kindergarten registration packets for the 2011-12 school year will be available beginning Monday at the Grandview Heights Board of Education office.

Kindergarten registration packets for the 2011-12 school year will be available beginning Monday at the Grandview Heights Board of Education office.

But uncertainty about potential changes in state law, along with anticipated cuts in state funding for education, make it difficult for the district to provide parents with specifics about next year's kindergarten program, Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said.

Although no formal vote was taken, the school board discussed and reached consensus at its work session Jan. 22 that the district will offer all-day kindergarten in some form next year, he said.

Under current state law, districts will be required next school year to offer tuition-free all-day kindergarten classes.

Gov. John Kasich has suggested repealing the current state model for school funding, which includes the all-day kindergarten requirement.

Last week, Rep. Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) introduced House Bill 30, which, among its provisions, would eliminate the mandate that districts offer all-day kindergarten.

"I think there's a good possibility that law will end up passing," O'Reilly said.

Even if it does, Grandview is committed to offering its families an all-day program, he said.

The $290 monthly fee the district charges for all-day kindergarten in essence pays for the second half of the all-day kindergarten teachers' salaries, O'Reilly said.

If the district lost that fee money, it would mean the addition of two full-time teaching positions to the budget, he said.

This year 66 students are enrolled in all-day kindergarten and 27 students attend a half-day class.

As long as districts are allowed to charge a tuition, Grandview would continue charging families for the all-day class, O'Reilly said.

If the current law remains, the district would continue offer a half-day kindergarten option to parents. At least 10 students would need to be enrolled to support a half-day class.

If the minimum is not met, the students would be placed in an all-day classroom and released at lunchtime.

The district is planning to hold its half-day class during the morning.

Families will be able to pick up kindergarten registration packets between Jan. 31 and March 4 at the board office, located in the high school. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The office will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Packets must be completed and returned to the board office by 3 p.m. March 4.

After returning their completed packet, parents will be able to sign up for a kindergarten "welcome day" appointment, with sessions to be held from 9 to 10 a.m. April 6, 7 and 13.

During the appointment, parents will be able to meet with Stevenson principal Brian Bowser to discuss kindergarten and can choose to have their children spend 50 minutes in one of the current kindergarten classes.

For parents who would prefer an evening appointment, a parents-only meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 7.

The kindergarten program will have a staggered start next school year.

On each of the first three days of school (Aug. 17-19) only one-third of the students will attend kindergarten. The first day for all kindergarten students will be Aug. 22.