Preschool funded for third year

USD 257 got a grant to keep providing free preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds. The program is believed to attract more kindergarteners to Iola schools and makes those students better prepared for school.

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May 10, 2022 - 2:58 PM

Preschool students Tyson Koehn, Emersyn Higginbotham, Aubrey Buck and Kate Murry perform a special song for the USD 257 board members. Photo by Vickie Moss

A program that provides free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds in USD 257 will receive full funding as it prepares for its third year.

Jenna Higginbotham, curriculum director who oversees the preschool program, told school board members the program will receive $290,250 to continue next year. That’s $80,000 more than last year. 

This year, the program has 68 3-year-olds and 95 4-year-olds.

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