HUDSON — The youngest Explorers will get 10 minutes of extra preschool time starting in the 2020-21 school year.

In the next school year, preschool-aged students going to Evamere Elementary in the morning will start at the same time, at 9 a.m., but will end at 11:45 a.m. instead of 11:35 a.m. The afternoon preschool will start from up to 10 minutes earlier and end at the same time as now, at 3:45 p.m.

"Next year, with the moves that we have next year and with Evamere having preschool and kindergarten, this is simply a change to the preschool start and stop times that would align them with our half day kindergarten and assist with our midday transportation," said Superintendent Phil Herman during the Feb. 24 school board meeting, before the Board of Education unanimously passed the change.

Assistant Superintendent Doreen Osmun stated in a Feb. 20 letter to Herman and the school board that "this slight adjustment will assist in aligning midday transportation and reduce costs."

"Also, after discussion with the preschool team, they were excited to have more instructional time with their students," Osmun said.

In other business, the next two school board meetings are March 16 and April 6 in the Hudson High School media center, starting at 7 p.m.

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