- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - Opelika City Schools plans to eliminate pre-kindergarten classes.

The Opelika-Auburn News (https://bit.ly/1GDY9Wj ) reports Superintendent Dr. Mark Neighbors told school board members Tuesday the school system doesn’t plan to offer the program next school year.

Neighbors says the system is spending $330,000 per year for 45 students in three classes and the money could be used to fund additional teacher units. He says the system needs to hire four new elementary school teachers and an English Learning-Life Learning teacher.

Opelika’s pre-K program is not funded through the state’s First Class Pre-K program. Instead the money comes from a combination of funds from the local community and Title One.

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Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, https://www.oanow.com/

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