School board ac­cepts $255K pre-K grant

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BOY­ER­TOWN» A state grant awarded to Boy­er­town Area School Dis­trict as part of the Pre-K Counts pro­gram was unan­i­mously ap­proved July 24 by the school board.

The con­sent agenda pre­sented at the meet­ing, which i ncluded a Pre-K Counts grant in the amount of $255,000, was ap­proved as a whole by a 9-0 vote.

The school dis­trict sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion for the grant to the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Hu­man Ser­vices, Of­fice of Child Devel­op­ment and Early Learn­ing for the funds. It is ex­pected that the funds will be used to cre­ate prekinder- garten class­rooms in cer­tain schools in the dis­trict. Those classes will in­clude three half-day prekinder­garten class­rooms for the 2018-2019 school year at no cost. Up to 60 stu­dents could be ac­com­mo­dated.

Board mem­ber Bran­don Foose noted that the ap­proval of the grant would help in pro­vid­ing a jump on ed­u­ca­tion for those stu­dents in need.

“We ob­tained a grant in part­ner­ship with the Foun­da­tion for Boy­er­town Ed­u­ca­tion to pro­vide a PreK pro­gram in a cou­ple of our schools where we have empty class­rooms right now. We’re able to put those to use and pro­vide it at no cost to some stu­dents in need and I think it will give them a great jump on their ed­u­ca­tion. I think that it’s won­der­ful that all these dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties are tak­ing place in our com­mu­nity and around our schools,” said Foose.

Ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict web­site, each of the class­rooms will serve up to 20 stu­dents in a half-day set- ting in two of the el­e­men­tary schools.

A sur­vey is avail­able on the dis­trict web­site for those in­ter­ested in en­rolling their chil­dren in a Boy­er­town Area School Dis­trict Pre-K Counts class­room.

Stu­dents should be at least 4 years of age by Aug. 27, 2018 to qual­ify for the Pre-K classes.

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