Bucyrus Board of Education approves new preschool class

Bucyrus Board of Education approves new preschool class
Posted on 12/17/2015
The Bucyrus City School District Board of Education approved the addition of a new preschool class during its regular monthly meeting Dec. 17. The addition of this class brings the total to seven preschool classes at the Elementary School.

Rated as a 4-Star Step Up to Quality Preschool, the Bucyrus City School District Preschool Program has seen substantial growth since moving in to the new Bucyrus Elementary School campus. Thanks to additional funding through a continuous grant from the Ohio Department of Education, the Bucyrus preschool program currently serves 86 students.

“We are very excited to open a 7th preschool class in the afternoon,” Bucyrus City School District Preschool Director Robin Showers said. “With a high-quality preschool staff that provides a nurturing environment, the youngsters will be immersed in educational opportunities that will positively impact their growth and learning.”

Parents who had previously indicated an interest in enrolling their child in the Bucyrus preschool program will receive a letter outlining important dates and information. The Parent Meeting for new preschool families will be held in room 116 in the Bucyrus Elementary School Tuesday, Jan. 5. Following staggered starts on Jan. 6 and 7, all new preschool students will begin classes together Jan. 11, which is also the first day for bus transportation and lunch.

“The addition of a seventh preschool class is a tremendous testament to the quality of our program,” Bucyrus Superintendent Kevin Kimmel said. “The additional support from the Early Childhood Education Expansion Grant allows us to invest in early childhood education to better prepare our students for increased expectations they will face throughout their educational careers.”

In other actions, the Board approved all business and personnel items as presented. Bradley Murtiff was elected as President Pro-tem, and the board’s official organizational meeting for the 2016 calendar year will be held at 5:00 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, with the regular board meeting to immediately follow.

The Board also revisited the discussion about the Wellness Facility for staff. The conversation centered on funding for the facility and potential benefits for the district.

“We are working to develop the Wellness Facility using no general fund monies,” Kimmel said. “Our goal is to ultimately save money on our employee health insurance costs by promoting a healthy lifestyle to our staff.”