Jefferson Co. Head Start finds permanent home

January 13, 1998

by Ric Dugan / staff photographer

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Jefferson Co. Head Start finds permanent home


Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Teacher Judy Footen watched Monday as workers used a giant crane to lower sections of the new Head Start classroom building into place.

"I'm actually going to have storage space," Footen said.

The Head Start program, funded by the Regional Education Service Agency VIII, will finally have a permanent home in Jefferson County after six years of a nomadic existence.


"We're absolutely thrilled not to be homeless," said Jan Warner, education/disabilities manager for Head Start of Jefferson County.

Head Start is a program aimed at providing preschool instruction for 3- and 4-year-olds who may need extra attention before starting kindergarten.

Most of the building was completed Monday behind T.A. Lowery Elementary off W.Va. 9.

Nine different sections of the modular building were constructed in a factory and hauled to the site on tractor-trailers, said Anthony Bolton, regional sales manager for the North American Housing Corp. The workers used a crane to lift the sections off the trailers and onto the already built basement and foundation.

The building's wiring, walls, plumbing and light fixtures are in place. The only thing left to do is connect the utilities, finish off the ceilings and walls where the sections join, and brick the exterior, Bolton said.

The building will have three classrooms, offices, restrooms and storage closets in a 63-by-67-foot space.

Warner said Head Start was using donated class space in Jefferson County schools, but each year had to move to a different school where space was available.

This year, with state-mandated all-day kindergarten, there was no space for the Head Start classes so they've been sharing a trailer with the Oakland United Methodist Church, Warner said.

"Every year for four years, we've had to move from one location to another. My staff has been real troopers about it. They're very sturdy, very compassionate, which is an odd combination, but it's what's gotten us through,"Warner said.

You could also throw in they're creative and talented," Warner said.

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