Age to Age program moved

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May 14, 2018 - 11:00 PM

The USD 257 Board of Education made official its decision to move the district’s preschool program from Windsor Place, one of Iola’s few remaining assisted living facilities, to McKinley Elementary School.

The Iola school district was only the second in the state to pioneer such an “age-to-age” preschool endeavor. The program, whose remit was to place a pre-K classroom inside a local nursing home, was started in 2010 and was designed to foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the young students and the mostly elderly residents.

But on Monday night the board — following the recommendations of McKinley principal, Angie Linn; preschool teacher, Reagan Parks; and pre-K paraprofessional, Kasey Roach — made the decision to retire the age-to-age experiment and relocate the preschoolers to McKinley Elementary School.

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