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Free full-day kindergarten coming to Milton this fall

Full-day kindergarten will be free starting next school year, thanks to a vote by Town Meeting last Tuesdayto increase the school budget to $43.6 million. The increase – about $2.9 million more than last year – also will pay for additional special education teachers that are needed because of an increased number of children who have been diagnosed with autism, according to the Warrant Committee report. Eliminating kindergarten tuition will cost about $1 million, the report said. Milton currently charges $3,700 for full-day kindergarten, with a sliding scale depending on a family’s income. After much discussion, Town Meeting also passed a bylaw that clarified that the town’s leash laws make it illegal for dogs to be off leash on any public property. Town Meeting took no position on a proposed antinoise ordinance, sending it back for more work. The proposed rules would have restricted the times outdoor construction work could be done in town, allowing it only between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and holidays. Town Meeting also sent back for further study a zoning change allowing bed-and-breakfast establishments in Milton.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com