Two Bright Stars Classes on the Chopping Block

By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email
By: Jaclyn Piermarini Email

May 6, 2014

Two pre-kindergarten classrooms could be on the chopping block.

Bright stars classes at Greer and Scottsville elementary schools would be cut if the county doesn't pick up the check. In recent weeks we found out that the School Board isn't picking up the tab for some pre-k classes. But the Board of Supervisors still could foot the bill, but they are going to have to make that decision soon.

Albemarle Social Services director Kathy Ralston says it’s a decision they will consider from all sides.

"They are kind of now in the seat of having to make the decision do we pick up the funding for this program and what are the ramifications if we don't?"

The cuts would mean 34 high risk students are without a preschool class. The way the funding works, the two classrooms that would get cut are Greer and Scottsville.

"One of the impacts is going to be is that in those two schools which are two of our neediest, we're not going to have a program for high risk kids in those schools."

"The years between prenatal, zero and five, are the most critical years, we know that, all the data says that those years are the most critical in determining how that child is going to turn out."

If the Supervisors decide to pay the roughly $290,000 dollar bill, they will be funding teachers and teachers assistants as well as family workers.

Tomorrow the Board of Supervisors will have budget talks and hear recommendations about what to do about the classroom cuts and what the impacts would be. Then they will decide if they will include the classes in their budget.

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