Although Gov. Nathan Deal has signed off on changes to the state’s lottery-funded pre-kindergarten program, some schools are still awaiting final word on a few issues before taking applications.
The Jackson County School System isn’t taking pre-k applications for the 2011-2012 school year until officials learn more about the revamped program — particularly a shortened calendar and funding.
The Jackson County School System has 180 pre-k slots among nine classes in its district. The expanded class sizes will create 18 additional slots in the school system, according to Gwen Hartman, director of special programs.
Jackson County typically takes pre-k applications from March 1 through April 12, but will probably won’t start accepting applications until later in March, Hartman said. Once district officials have more information about the changes to the program, the school system will start taking applications and will likely extend the deadline.
Meanwhile, the Jefferson City School System — which has 80 pre-k slots — is still taking applications.
For the full story, see the March 16 issue of The Jackson Herald.