With future funding of preschool in Iowa up in the air, the Marshalltown Community School District is moving forward with preschool registration for the 2011-12 school year.
Registration will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lenihan Intermediate School, which is located at 212 W. Ingledue St. in Marshalltown. The school district operates preschools at Anson, Franklin, Hoglan, Rogers and Woodbury elementary schools and at St. Paul's Preschool. This fall will mark the opening of the preschool at Anson.
"We're shifting some other programming around to allow space at Anson for preschool," said Lisa Glenn, director of special services with the district.
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Beth Campbell sings a song with students in her preschool class at Hoglan Elementary School last fall. Registration for preschool for the 2011-12 school year is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lenihan Intermediate School.
Preschool in Marshalltown will continue to operate without a monthly tuition cost but there is a one-time $25 registration fee. Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 15, 2011 to enroll for this fall and parents should bring the student's birth certificate. The registration process should take less than 30 minutes.
The Legislature is still working out whether families will have to pay for preschool in the future but Marshalltown has enough carryover money saved to have preschool free this upcoming school year no matter what direction lawmakers decide to go.
"We knew that it was possible to lose funding so we started to save money," Glenn said. "We will be able to cover tuition for at least a year."
Glenn wants to see the current preschool funding, which allows Marshalltown to offer its preschools tuition-free, to be continued.
"We're always, at every opportunity, voicing our concerns about jeopardizing preschool funding," Glenn said. "Preschool is very important and we are doing all we can to make sure it continues. We'll have to see what happens."
Those who miss Saturday's registration can register for preschool at the school their student will be attending during the regular school day.
For more information on preschool registration call Glenn at district offices at 641-754-100.
Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org