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Bryan School Board Moves Ahead With Plans For A Full Day Pre-Kindergarten Program

Bryan school board members will take final action February 18 on setting rates for a full day pre-kindergarten program.

That follows board discussion at this week’s meeting on the administration’s recommendations.

Click HERE to read and download the recommendations presented to the Bryan school board.

Superintendent Christie Whitbeck says there will be a certified Teacher and a full time assistant in every classroom, there will be an 11 to one student to teacher ratio, and transportation will be available for eligible students who live within the attending school’s attendance zone and qualify for transportation services.

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Four elementary schools…Bonham, Bowen, Houston, and Mitchell…are possible locations. Dr. Whitbeck says the final decision will be driven by demand.

The proposed price range for a full day program is $550 and $625 a month. For any of the 583 students currently in BISD’s half day pre-K, the price range is between $275 and $350 a month.

Board president Mark McCall wants the price high enough to cover future costs. Board vice-president Julie Harlin supported higher rates to provide scholarships.

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Parents of future Bryan ISD pre-K students have until Friday to complete an online survey about full day pre-K.

Click HERE To be directed to the Bryan ISD full day pre-K survey.

After the board decides on the rates, the proposal goes to the Texas Education Agency for final action.

Part of the full day pre-K presentation to Bryan school board, February 4 2019.

Original story:

The Bryan school district is asking parents of future pre-kindergarten students what they think about starting full-day classes starting this fall.

Bryan ISD communications director Matt LeBlanc says an online survey will be available through February 8.

According to the survey home page, this would include full day tuition for students who do not qualify for free, half day pre-K.

Students who qualify for free, half day pre-K could have the option to pay for the additional half day.

LeBlanc says administrators are also asking state lawmakers to provide funding for all day pre-kindergarten classes.

BISD officials are interested in hearing from parents who are interested as well as those who are not interested.

Click HERE To be directed to the Bryan ISD full day pre-K survey.

Click below for comments from Matt LeBlanc, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Listen to “Bryan school district asking parents of future pre-K students about all day classes” on Spreaker.

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Posted by on Feb 8 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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