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.