Survey results show strong interest in proposed Preston preschool program

Preston – With 31 parents of preschool-age children expressing interest in the proposed new universal preschool, administrators are ready to go forward if the program is approved in the budget process.

School administrators mailed a survey to all Preston households earlier this month asking parents of children who will turn 4 by Dec. 31 if they would be interested in the proposed new all-day preschool class. As of Wednesday, 31 parents told school officials they are interested, one is unsure and one is not interested, Superintendent John Welch said.

In his budget, Welch projected the program could serve 39 students in two classes and budgeted $185,988 to cover hiring one new teacher, two classroom aides and one bus driver and health insurance for the new employees.

Welch said Wednesday the responses to date – although not formal registration at this point – confirmed the need for two preschool classes in addition to the existing integrated preschool class for special education children aged 3 and 4 along with regular education students.

Any parents of preschool age children who have not yet contacted school officials regarding the proposed preschool program are asked to contact Preston Veterans’ Memorial School Principal Raymond Bernier at (860) 887-3113 or by email at bernierr@prestonschools.org.

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