Pre-K students to make Young younger

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, August 16, 2014
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All of Decatur ISD’s pre-kindergarten classes will be at one campus this fall.

Previously, each of the district’s three elementary schools – Rann, Carson and Young – had one pre-kindergarten class on campus. This year, the three pre-kindergarten classes will all be at Young Elementary, located at 379 Buchanan Road off Farm Road 51 South in south Decatur.

Judi Bell, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, said the new setup should improve the education process for both teachers and students.

“With one pre-K teacher at each campus, there was no opportunity for collaboration, no opportunity to work together to plan lessons,” she said.

The two other elementary campuses also have units unique to their school. Carson Elementary is home to the district’s severe and profound unit while Rann Elementary houses the district’s bilingual unit.

“Logistically, it will be better, but it’s also a great way to provide instruction,” Bell said.

According to a report given to the school board in April, the change will not cost any additional money and should actually provide $50,000 in savings due to efficiency.

Another benefit will be that children coming from the Head Start program will now be bused to one campus rather than three.

Students may qualify for the pre-kindergarten program if they meet the following criteria:

  • are limited English speaking,
  • qualify for free or reduced lunch,
  • are active military dependents,
  • have been with the Department of Family and Protective Services, or
  • are homeless.

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