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|Preschool Stays in Knoxville; Other Budget Cuts Still Undecided
|FIRST REPORTED 9:11pm 4/21/10 The Superintendent of the Knoxville School didn't want the district's pre-school closed despite the potential there may be little or no state funding for it, and now, it won't be.
The Knoxville School Board Wednesday night voted to keep the district's pre-school open. However, in an attempt to save only about $12,000, the board voted to move it from its current site on Main Street near Knoxville High School, to inside the newly-expanded Mable Woolsey Elementary School.
Board member Patrick Callahan says there's no reason not to keep pre-school in tact.
"I want our children in this district to be on the same playing field as other children," Callahan said. "Therefore, I'm very strongly in favor of keeping (the preschool) in tact as much as we can."
Superintendent Larry Carlton suggested the district could fund the pre-school program itself, even if state funding is cut through Governor Pat Quinn's proposal, and even as the district makes over $600,000 in other cuts.
But officials say there is expected to be some pre-school funding, even if it's not known just how much.
The District-202 Board Wednesday night tabled a number of other cuts, including a laundry list in the district's athletic program ranging from uniforms to non-conference games, but approved increasing district breakfast and lunch prices by 40 cents a meal for students, and $1 for adults.
(A full house watched part of Wednesday night's Knoxville School Board meeting in the high school cafeteria. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|04 22 10 by Newsroom
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