Meeting last week, the District #18 Board of Education approved a plan to allow for two sessions of preschool.
On a six-to-zero vote, the board approved splitting preschool into two sessions with the start of the 2013-2014 school year. This will allow for a different curriculum for older students (those preparing for kindergarten) and the younger students just entering preschool.
Superintendent Dan Polk said all staff involved “are on-board with it.”
Preschool children preparing to attend kindergarten the following year will attend the morning session five days a week starting at 8:15 a.m. and go to 11:30 a.m. when lunch will be served.
The afternoon preschool session, for students just entering preschool will run from 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. for four days a week.
Mid-day transportation will drop off and pick-up everywhere. Morning and 3:30 p.m. will be on regular, traditional school routes only.
The only costs for going to two sessions, Polk said, will be moving one current preschool route to two, and the cost of gas.
“It’s not going to cost us anything extra,” he said.
The main reason for the change, Polk explained, is that there are 35 perspective pre-schoolers for 2013-2014 according to the Census.
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