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East Grand School District to offer expanded preschool

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Grand County, CO Colorado

GRANBY – The East Grand School District is extending its preschool programming.

In a draft analysis of what it would cost to extend preschool to a full day, the district could come out ahead by about $25,000, according to a report reviewed by board members during the June 15 school-district meeting.

Superintendent Nancy Karas said the possibility of generating income from extended programming was unanticipated.

“It’s not about generating revenue, it’s about providing a quality program,” she said.

Upon setting out to analyze extended preschool services in the midst of district budget cuts, “it just couldn’t cost anything,” Karas said.

The draft report reviews possible costs and revenue associated with adding full-day classes to the Granby Elementary School preschool program, open to ages 3 and 4.

Fraser Elementary preschool remains a half-day morning class.

Full day tuition at Granby’s preschool, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., will cost $36 per student, with half-day tuition set at $15. The half-day tuition next year reflects an increase of $3.

For students with special needs, the cost is $20 for a full day because of state funding for special-needs tuition.

The district is required by law to provide preschool first to any child with special needs. A full staff of special-education providers is available at the school, Karas said.

“It’s a great resource for them – a great support system where they can learn early skills,” she said.

A recent open house at the school indicated to administrators that the district could see enough students enrolled to fill the 16 available slots for full-day school.

Parents interested in finding out more should contact the East Grand School District Administration Offices at 970-887-2581.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.

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