Destin Elementary principal Marti Gardner says she was hoping to
expand the voluntary pre-k program, but several factors are preventing her from attaining that goal.
In fact, they're forcing her to make cuts to the program.
"I feel like it is a very valuable program and it was a very, very
difficult decision," says Gardner
Budget cuts were one reason. The legislature failing to amend the state class size amendment was another.
Gardner says, "The new state law, the class size amendment we do have to abide by it this year and my kindergarten through grade three we have one to 18
students in a classroom and its strictly boiling down to size. Again, being one of the largest elementary schools we are running out of space.
With limited space, parents are now looking for other programs for their kids.
Childcare Network of Destin is one of the Destin schools that is
accepting the pre-k voucher, but facility management is warning parents not to wait until august to register.
School Director Beth Culbreth says, "because there won't be any spaces available for the limited amount of people offering the program."
In-order for your 4-year-old child to be eligible for the Voluntary
Pre-K Program for fall, they must have been born after September 1st 2007.
For more information on the Voluntary Pre-K Program Click: http://www.owccs.org/VPK.html