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HARVARD –There are 53 children enrolled in kindergarten next year. The goal is 60 kindergarten students in order to maintain the proposed four full-day kindergarten classes. It would be a bump-up over the current year’s three full-day kindergarten classes and one half-day kindergarten session.

There were 55 students, but “we lost a few” when two changed plans, said School Superintendent Joseph Connelly to the School Committee on Tuesday. But then one student was added this week. It’s a seesaw that will hopefully find equilibrium soon.

Connelly said Hildreth Elementary School Principal Linda Dwight is “still confident” that there’ll be enough new kindergarten enrollees to maintain four full-day kindergarten classes for the 2012-2013 school year.

In the meantime, the district will leave a second grade teaching post unfilled, in case the fourth full-day kindergarten class does not fill and the existing teaching staff can be repositioned to fill the vacancy without an outside hire.

Final word on the fourth full-day kindergarten class will be discussed at the committee’s June 11 meeting.

New next year for pre-K — full-day options for students enrolled in the Hildreth Elementary School’s Integrated Preschool Program. Classes will start sooner in the morning — 8:50 a.m. each weekday.

Wednesdays will be half days. But for interested families, there will be full-day pre-K on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Annual tuition for full-day pre-K for typical students will be $6,000 with a school day extending until 3:20 p.m. for the four full days. Rates adjust downward for those who prefer half-day sessions for their preschooler. To enroll or discuss options, contact Kathleen Donnellan at or 978-456-4145 ext. 246.

On the IT front, there were 28 applications received for the advertised post of IT manager for the Harvard School District.

Connelly said that 16 applications were reviewed, with seven candidates interviewed. Two were to return on Wednesday for follow-up interviews and background checks.

The plan is for an IT manager to start on July 1 “so there’ll be some overlap” with Town IT Director Mark LaVertue.

Without tipping his cards, Connelly said the ideal candidate will have an understanding of both school- and town-side municipal operations.

As the school year winds down, the committee voted to meet five times over the summer months, with more meetings if and when needed.

The committee meets June 11 and 25 at 6 p.m. The committee will meet briefly on the morning of Wednesday, July 11 at 9 a.m. to close out the books for fiscal 2012 with a report from Finance Director Lorraine Leonard. And the committee will meet again on July 30 and Aug. 27 at 6 p.m.

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