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Ludlow Schools Win $100,000 Preschool Grant

Ludlow Independent Schools won a Preschool Partnership Grant from the Kentucky Department of Education which will fund the district with $100,000 for each of the next two years to expand all-day preschool for 3- and 4-year olds.

The district was optimistic about winning the grant after having received a planning grant last year.

Mary A. Goetz Elementary principal Jason Steffen said the district would partner with Children, Inc. 

Students will arrive at 7:30 a.m. and stay until 5:30 p.m., allowing parents to work during the day. The children will be educated and fed.

There are currently 41 students enrolled in Ludlow preschool, 15 of whom participate in all-day programming. Steffen said the goal is now to have all preschool students enrolled in the full-day program, but currently, 26 of them attend four half-days each week.

Steffen also said he would like to see part of the grant funding used to reduce the cost of preschool for families. Parents who don't qualify for financial aid pay $145 per week. Any interested parents should contact Steffen directly, he said.

In other news, Superintendent Michael Borchers presented a working budget to the board of education this week, pointing out changes to the $6 million budget. The carryover from last year is $400,000, up from $143,000 last year. That rates the contingency fund at 6.7 percent.

Borchers said that after a few more years of good budgeting, that surplus coul dbe $600,000, which would be 10 percent of the budget.

The board also approved a request for capital funds in the amount of $24,000 to reimburse costs associated with replacing pumps in the gymnasium.

The board approved the emergency certification of teacher Terri Robbins, who has taken on extra duties as a kindergarten teacher.

There are new signs on Elm Street noting Ludlow High School, and signage within the school as well, Ludlow principal Travis Caudill said. He said that the signs will help people find gathering spots like the gym and auditorium more easily.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor