Yelm Community Schools will be better funded this year thanks to an increase in state funding.

The state restored recent reductions in employee salaries to previous levels. There had been a 1 percent reduction in salary for certificated classified staff and a 3 percent salary reduction for certificated and administrative staff.

State funding is also paying for full-day kindergarten at Fort Stevens Elementary School, said Deputy Superintendent Jeff Role.

Yelm Community Schools has offered full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools for many years, he said, but the school district paid for it out of various funds. In the past, the state has funded half-day kindergarten, he said.

Role said the state is beginning to fund full-day kindergarten, starting with schools that have the highest percentage of high-poverty students, then working its way up.

“The hope is the state will continue to increase the percentage every year until we have 100 percent,” he said. “Each year we’re hoping to have more and more elementary schools funded.”

As state funds pay for full-day kindergarten, Yelm schools can devote the

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