- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MARION, Iowa (AP) - The Linn-Mar School District is considering consolidating its preschool programs into one site.

KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1lskznx ) reported Monday that about 250 students go to preschool in three buildings in the district. A preschool advisory board of parents and administrators was formed to discuss the idea of consolidation after looking at the growth of the school district.

“We have about 20 percent of Kindergarten students with zero preschool experience and those are the kids that we want to reach,” Linn-Mar Executive Director of Student Service Leisa Breitfelder said.

The committee is recommending that preschool classrooms be consolidated into a center-based program, instead of having them in separate elementary school buildings. The school district says the recommendation could become a reality in the next three to five years, even though a location and other details have not been determined.

Melissa Bray, a preschool teacher in the district and advisory board member, thinks consolidation will be great for teacher collaboration, and hopes that there new technology in the space.

The school district and the advisory board are still working to determine the potential costs of a centralized location.

Breitfelder says one concern is the cost of transportation. The director says 39 percent of the district’s preschool students attend their home school, which means families have to travel to take children to school outside of their neighborhood.

“Currently our buses that pick up students go into smaller neighborhoods and then take them to the closest school, now we would be going all over the district to pick up kids and taking them to one location,” Breitfelder said.


Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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