Preschool discussed by board members; grant being sought
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Supt. Joey Lefdal believes there is a lapse in the school district among children being served by preschools.
He told board members at the Dec. 8 monthly meeting that the lapse is showing up in kindergarten, where only half of the students are where they should be academically this year.
Because of that, he brought up the possibility of a preschool being offered through Chase County Schools.
“There are kids not being served,” he said.
Most of them, he said, are from homes where English is the second language.
“It has nothing to do with (current) preschools not doing their job. The ones we need are the ones not being served,” he said.
“If we can get our hands on kids a year earlier, or a year and a half earlier, that’s going to get them out of our ELL (English Language Learners) program earlier,” he added.
Lefdal said operating a preschool isn’t cheap, however.
He estimated first-year costs for a morning and afternoon preschool serving 15 children each would be $200,000.
The Dept. of Education grant, if awarded, would pay the first year costs, half the second year and none the third. There is a lot of paperwork involved in the application, he said.
CCS would have to provide free preschool during the grant period. After the