Dougherty Co. School System adds more pre-K slots for fall

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System now has 22 more slots available for its pre-K program that starts this fall.

Because of this, the system is currently in the process of hiring a new teacher and one more paraprofessional to put in the classroom.

Dr. Gail Solomon is the pre-K director for the Dougherty County School System said that their continuous need for more slots is what helped them get the extra class.

"Being that we always fill the 264 slots, maintain those 264 slots throughout the year, and we normally start with a waiting list. So, that gave us an opportunity to apply for an additional class," explained Solomon.

Solomon said these additional slots will allow more students to get an early start on their education.

"Research shows that there are a lot of children who are not served by a pre-K program. So, this will give us an opportunity to serve at least 22 more of those students who are just sitting at home during the school year when they could be in a formal educational setting," said Solomon

Starting this school year, the pre-K program will be located at the old Magnolia Elementary School which is now called the Magnolia Early Childhood Education Center.

Renovations are expected to be complete before the start of the school year.

Sherry King showed up to register her grandson, Billy, for pre-K. She said the opening of another class is great news.

"I mean, there are so many children that are behind and pre-K is a number one to get them ready for regular school. So, another class is awesome," said King.

If you would like to register your child for the DCSS pre-K program, you can find the registration packet here.

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