Lauderdale County schools expand Pre-K program system-wide

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FLORENCE, Ala. - Students in Lauderdale County are set to head back to class on Friday. With the start of school, several dozen new students will be on campus starting their education a bit early.

With students returning, teachers have spent several days getting their rooms ready.  There’s been a bit of extra work happening on campuses this summer.

“It’s been a busy couple of months,” explained Lauderdale County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Gray. “Once we were assured of the money, we hired the teachers – that was first and then the classrooms had to come next.”

In the spring, the Lauderdale County School System was able to secure funding to expand an already thriving Pre-K program.

Superintendent Gray said the system now has nine Pre-K classrooms in the kindergarten through sixth grade schools.

“I really understand the importance of early learning, and think it’s just a great place to provide that foundation for success later on,” Gray stated.

Lauderdale County began their Pre-K program eight years ago. Gray said they will now work on expanding the program even more on each campus.

“Any time that they add more funding to that line-item then we are going to apply,” Gray said.

Pre-K programs across the state are funded through the Office of School Readiness. Superintendent Gray said there is a waiting list for residents who would like for their children to attend the pre-k program.