DEWITT, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Jamesville-Dewitt Central School District officials are anticipating that the district may be able to offer a full-day universal pre-K program for four-year-olds during the 2021-2022 school year.
This comes after the district initially rejected the state funding that allows districts to add pre-K programs.
The New York State adopted budget includes $388,800 for the district to use toward operating a full-day pre-K program in the 2021-2022 school year.
School officials say that the district recently learned that the state has committed money toward the program for a total of three years via federal funding.
“This is really a wonderful opportunity for the school district to expand its mission to include our community’s youngest children and give them a solid foundation on which to begin their educational careers,” J-D Superintendent Peter Smith said.
District officials say that they have been working closely with state officials and other area superintendents who are also navigating the possibility of launching pre-K programs next year.
They say at this point it is unclear how many students the district would be able to accommodate, but if there is a higher demand than enrollment slots, the district would utilize a lottery system to place students.
“We won’t have a program ready for September, but we are hopeful to begin registering students in late fall or early winter for a mid-year start,” Smith said. “As we move forward, we will continue to communicate our progress with the board and share information with the greater community via our website.”