The Delaware city school board on Jan. 18 voted to seek a waiver postponing the implementation of all-day kindergarten until 2012.

The Delaware city school board on Jan. 18 voted to seek a waiver postponing the implementation of all-day kindergarten until 2012.

Superintendent Mary Anne Ashworth said the delay is necessary for the school district to prepare for the estimated $1.3 million cost of all-day, everyday kindergarten. The cost will "hit the operating budget very hard."

Gov. Ted Strickland agreed last month to allow districts to seek a one-year delay in the start of the program. The Olentangy and Big Walnut local school districts also sought waivers.

Curriculum director Amy Piacentino last fall outlined a plan created by the district's all-day kindergarten task force to accommodate all-day kindergarten. The plan proposes the addition of nine teachers and the creation of classroom space by moving several "special" classes, mainly art and music, from rooms in modular units onto carts, with those teachers rotating from room to room. Other grades would be moved into the modular units. Kindergarten classes would be established in the vacated classrooms.

At Schultz Elementary School, a new modular unit, complete with utilities, would be added. A modular unit would be added at Smith Elementary School. The plan also calls for the addition of two buses and two bus drivers.

Piacentino called the plan a "temporary" fix that would get the district through the first year.

Half of the estimated $1.3-million needed for the project will come from the general fund. The other half will come from permanent levy improvement monies, leaving fewer dollars for technology and facilities.

Ashworth said she hopes the one-year waiver will be adequate.

In other business, board members:

Thanked district parent Pam Johnson for bringing the Dallas Brass, a six-member brass and percussion ensemble that travels with its program "Music in the Schools," to Delaware. The group held a clinic for band students that was attended 248 city school children.

Accepted a $138 donation from Delaware County Juvenile Court to benefit Conger Elementary School students, $150 from Galena residents Tom and Carla Moore for Camp Willson scholarships, and the 5,400-square-foot hitting facility from the Dugout Club for use by the Delaware city schools baseball and softball programs. The facility is valued at $180,000, and was paid for by donations and fundraising efforts.

Approved a trip to New York City for the Hayes orchestra in March and another to Washington, D.C., for the eighth-graders in May.

The board's next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Technology Center, 621 Pennsylvania Ave.