Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members of Saugerties:
The Saugerties Central School District is pleased to announce that registration for the District’s Expanded Pre-Kindergarten program will open on May 7, 2018.
The registration period will be open from May 7, 2018 – May 18, 2018. Registration packets will be available online (www.saugerties.k12.ny.us) beginning April 30, 2018. Packets will also be available in each elementary school’s main office and in the District Office. We will continue to accept registration packets after May 18, 2018, however, these students will be placed on a waiting list if all available spots have been filled by that time.
Our program formally began in Mt. Marion Elementary School in January 2018 and in Cahill Elementary School in February. The 2017-2018 program was able to enroll 14 three-year-olds and 32 four-year-olds!
What is in store for 2018-2019?
Our goal is to offer Pre-Kindergarten to as many four-year-olds in the district that would like to attend! Our plan is to convert this year’s three-year-old classroom, at Cahill, to a four-year-old classroom for 2018-2019. This will bring our number of four-year-old classrooms to three and the number of four-year-old students being served to 48. There is also news that the State will be opening up the grant opportunity again this coming summer so we will be applying to add more four-year-old classrooms! The number of rooms that we apply for will be based on our May registration. Pease register if you are interested in having your child attend our school district for the four-year-old Pre-Kindergarten. If your child is not able to get in as one of the original 48 at the start of the school year, our goal would be to add at least two more classes in January - pending State approval – bringing the number of four-year-olds being served in Saugerties to 80!
While the original purpose of this grant was to increase the availability of high quality Pre-Kindergarten placements for high need children in our district – those students who are: Economically Disadvantaged, English Language Learners, and/or Children with Special Needs, we would like to make the program available to all!! Those aforementioned students will still receive preference, but our hope is by converting the current three-year old class, and adding more classrooms, we will be able to service all! For planning purposes, we do need to know who is interested, which is why would like everyone to register.
If you have any questions please call Larry Mautone, Deputy Superintendent, at 247-6503.