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March 20, 2014

MVTHS preschool changes based on student interest

Preschool will now be on an alternating year schedule

MT. VERNON — — Mt. Vernon Township High School officials say their recent decision to place the district's TLC Preschool program on an alternating year schedule was based, in part, on more MVTHS students being interested in careers teaching older children.

Recently, it was announced the preschool program will now only be offered every other year instead of annually. This decision prompted criticism by several MVTHS faculty members, who spoke out at Monday's MVTHS Board of Education meeting.

As part of the preschool program, Career Technical Education students at MVTHS who are interested in educational careers can work with young children or observe pre-K classes to gain experience. However, Superintendent Michael Smith said the number of MVTHS students signing up for the preschool CTE class has declined, and more students have expressed an interest in teaching older children.

Another factor in the preschool decision is how the district is launching a new fashion merchandising CTE class. In order to keep the preschool going every year, the district would have to hire another part-time teacher, which is not financially feasible right now, Smith said.

Learn more Friday on this site or in the print edition of the Register-News.

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