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Berkeley Co. Schools pre-kindergarten programs growing

February 06, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The director of pre-kindergarten programs in Berkeley County Schools anticipates needing more than 40 classrooms for the next school year as demand for the service continues to increase.

Enrollment packets for the 2013-14 school year will be available by March 1 and parents will have the option to download the information from the school district’s website at that time, according to Michelle Martin.

Parents also can arrange to obtain an enrollment packet by contacting the school district’s Pre-K office at 3635 Winchester Ave. south of Martinsburg at 304-267-3555.

There are currently about 850 children in the school district’s pre-kindergarten programs in 38 classrooms, Martin said.

Next year, the school district’s pre-kindergarten programs are switching to a full-day/six-hour schedule under a statewide move ordered by the West Virginia Board of Education, according to Martin.

The full-day schedule was piloted this year at Marlowe Elementary and at Pikeside Learning Center and Martin told board members Tuesday night it has been successful.

Two, 3 1/2-hour pre-kindergarten programs will remain at Winchester Avenue Elementary School in Martinsburg for parents who still prefer that option, Martin said.

The school was chosen because it is centrally located in Berkeley County, Martin said.

Martin expects pre-kindergarten programs might need 44 classrooms for the next school and said her office has been fielding a number of phone calls from parents already.

Parents interested in more information about the program sites and times can visit the school district’s website at www.berkeleycountyschools.org

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