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Battleground to get More at Four

Although Battleground Elementary School has no room for an additional classrooms, school officials still hope to bring the school a More-at-Four pre-kindergarten program..
“If we don’t do it, there will be a group of 4-year-olds who won’t be served,” said Superintendent Jim Watson.
More-at-Four provides early education for at risk youth. S. Ray Lowder and G.E. Massey both have More at Four programs.
Battleground Elementary qualifies for state funding for the program. The state will pay for the $60,000 for salaries for a teacher and teacher assistant. The county is expected to provide the facilities.
A new middle school building in central Lincoln County will help the overcrowded situation at centrally located elementary schools.
“There’s relief on the way, but it’s several years away,” said Watson.
School officials have found a house that could work as a site for the program. The building is half a mile away from the elementary school.
“I don’t see that that would be a problem,” said Victoria Walker, principal of Battleground Elementary. “I think that we could work with that logistically.”
The building is currently being rented by a church group.
The building would not require much refurbishing. Food would be taken to the site from the elementary school.
Board of Education officials may tour the site before agreeing to lease it.
If the More-at-Four program goes forward, 18 4-year-olds in the Battleground area will be accepted into the program.
“I’m excited about the idea of it,” said Walker.
“I think it would be wonderful because the research says the earlier that we provide literacy awareness to children the more it benefits them as they enter the public school setting.”

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