HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Washington County Board of Education is shutting down pre-kindergarten classes at Cascade Elementary School next year because of a declining enrollment, but the federally-funded Head Start program may take its place, Principal Tim Abe said.
Abe said the school expects seven students from the Cascade area to be eligible for the county's pre-kindergarten program next year, called the Extended Elementary Education Program (EEEP).
The program is funded through grants by the Maryland State Department of Education, which requires 20 students per class.
"We don't have the numbers to support the program," Abe said.
Without the required number of students at a school, the state Department of Education will no longer pay for the program, forcing school systems to either come up with the money elsewhere or eliminate it.