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Crestwood Cancels Pre-K Program

August 9, 2018

CRESTWOOD — There was a silence in the air as the Crestwood School Board walked in to sit down Wednesday night at a special school board meeting. The regular meetings are usually held the third Thursday of every month. However, this meeting was scheduled to discuss the fate of Crestwood’s pre-K program.

Crestwood School District secured funds for a pre-K program offered at Rice Elementary School last year. Because of this, according to board President Bill Jones, district officials were confident they would secure a grant for this school year.

That didn’t happen and Crestwood Superintendent Joseph Gorham confirmed Wednesday the district would not be able to support a pre-K program this year.

“After this evening’s conversation, an ongoing conversation has been going since we received word at the end of July that we didn’t get the grant,” Gorham said. “The district has been struggling that we have students enrolled and aren’t be able to continue in a pre-K classroom. But, we feel at this time that financially it wouldn’t be possible to continue and take on that burden.”

Gorham said the board would continue to explore every avenue to restore the program.

After his statement, some parents made statements of their own.

Catherine Barnes has a 4-year-old son enrolled in the pre-K program and was very disappointed about the program’s cancellation.

“I got a letter in June saying he was accepted and now I have two weeks to try and find a preschool,” Barnes said. “I feel really sorry for him now. It’s devastating that my son doesn’t get that.”

In other business, the board approved:

• The resignation of Julia Lopes, part-time cafeteria worker, effective July 19.

• Implementation of an elementary full-time autistic support program at Fairview Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year.

The regularly scheduled Crestwood School Board meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Crestwood High School’s Media Center.

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