Little Bucs Preschool is adding days

Jay Schneider,

WEM Little Bucs Preschool, formerly called Kindergarten Connection, is expanding its services this year.

Last year, and many years prior, the preschool classes operated with three classes which were two and one half hours for a half day. Two of the classes were three days each for half a day. The other class was a two-day class designed for younger students.

Because the school district had limited space for the 3, 4 and 5-yearolds, there was only room for a certain amount of students and class days/ times.

This has changed. The recent addition in the Waterville building has allowed the school district to expand the preschool offerings.

“By law with a paraprofessional the adult to student ratio is 10-1, so 20 (which is a very large number for that age group) would be an absolute maximum we could service per class,” WEM Community Education Director Jeff Boran said. “Base cost the past two years has been $1170/year for three days and $810/year for two days. Max we could service (including special ed students) was 60.”

For the first time, WEM will be offering another section. This coming year they will be operating with four classes in two classrooms.

The second classroom was move-inable, minus furniture, about 3-4 weeks ago due to construction. It will be ready for the upcoming school year.

The classes will be...

To see more on this story pick up the April 7, 2022 print edition of the LifeEnterprise paper. 



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