The New Albany-Plain Local school board received news July 25 that the all-day kindergarten pilot program can begin this school year.

The New Albany-Plain Local school board received news July 25 that the all-day kindergarten pilot program can begin this school year.

Superintendent April Domine said she has located grant money to begin the program, which would target academically at-risk students.

Communications director Jeff Warner said the money for the program would come from Title I federal funding.

"It's very exciting," said board member Natalie Matt. "I think it's something we need to do."

Domine said the district would need to devote only one classroom to the project and she's already cleared it with the principal.

At-risk students already have been identified through kindergarten screening. Domine said additional assessments would be completed at the beginning of the school year and the program could begin in October.

Board vice president Laura Kohler asked for a budget and ways to gauge students' progress throughout the year. She said the district would then have to evaluate the program before the next school year.