Preston school officials survey parents on pre-k interest

Preston — School officials sent a survey to all town households last weekend asking parents of preschool-age children if they are interested in the proposal to offer universal prekindergarten to all age-eligible town children.

The Board of Education endorsed a plan to offer full-day prekindergarten in its proposed $11.2 million 2014-15 school budget.

Raymond Bernier, principal of the Preston Veterans’ Memorial School, sent a letter to residents last Friday asking parents of children who will turn 4 by Dec. 31, 2014, who are interested in the full-day prekindergarten program to contact him at (860) 887-3113 or by email at bernierr@prestonschools.org.

Bernier said Thursday that he has been contacted by about 20 parents thus far, and school officials have estimated 39 children in Preston could qualify for the program.

He said while there is no set deadline for parents to respond, school officials hope to hear from parents soon in order to plan for the program to start next school year.

School officials will present the proposed school budget to the Board of Finance at 7 p.m. Monday at Preston Town Hall.

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