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District preschool program to relocate for 2017-2018

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

 

Eudora preschoolers will learn in a new place next August, as the program relocates to West Resource Center, 1310 Winchester Road. The Eudora Board of Education approved a moving recommendation developed by Superintendent Steve Splichal, EES Principal Amy DeLaRosa and the preschool teaching team during the December business meeting.

 

"As the number of students at Eudora Elementary grows, moving preschool to West will give us additional classroom space for kindergarten through fifth grade," Splichal said, "while allowing our preschool program to continue to effectively meet the needs of our youngest students and their families."

 

The plan includes remodeling on one wing of the West facility and a reorganization of the various departments and agencies that have been using West since it closed as an attendance center in June 2010.

 

"It has always been the board's intent to reopen West as a school," Splichal said, "and the growing enrollment at EES has made this the right time to do that."

 

At the time that the 2007 bond passed, West was the district's intermediate center housing third, fourth and fifth grades. When EES opened in 2009, West became an early childhood center and home to preschool and all-day kindergarten. State budget cuts over the next year forced the district to consolidate buildings and move early childhood programs into the newly constructed school, as space allowed.

 

In the time since, West has been used to house a variety of district departments and the after-school program Quest, as well as the Kansas Migrant Education Program and a satellite office for the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center. Splichal said he is working with all of these groups to develop a plan for the 2017-2018 school year.