Good News for Pre-K

Lauderdale County Superintendent of Schools, Randy Hodges, said Monday that Pre-K classes will be in place for the district in 2009-2010.

Earlier this year the program was in jeopardy due to questions about whether or not the state would allot money to continue to the program.

Although the district is not getting money from the state for the program, Hodges says the problem has been solved thanks to a new law.

"You were not allowed to use local funds to fund Pre-K," said Hodges. "And then this year, it was presented by the Senate. It was passed. The governor signed off on it, and yes, you can use local funds to finance the programs. We intend to do that because it means so much to our district."

With a price tag of $500,000, Hodges says, to cut costs next year the district is reducing its overall number of Pre-K classes from seven to six. Aside from this, he says no other cuts are expected.

"I do not feel that we'll have to cut any personnel," said Hodges. "I do not feel that we'll have to cut any programs. We're in the process of trying to add programs. Looking at the budget, what we've had to do is prioritize so any money that we use locally, it has to be a program that is worthwhile and we think Pre-K is."

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