"To be able to sit face to face with each child maybe not once everyday but numerous times throughout the day for that conversation. For that assistance if they need it," said Debby Merritt, a longtime Kindergarten teacher at
"We want to make sure that our kids are good readers, writers, thinkers and listeners. That's the charge of the teacher is to think about how you craft the program and currently with 2 and a half hours that's the challenge," said Eric Daniels, the Helendale Primary School Principal.
In order to make the switch to a full day, the district plans to hire ten more teachers. That's expected to cost $400,000. District officials say