Rumorville: Mamaroneck Pre-K to be Cut?
27 Jan, 2012
By Diana Marszalek
The Mamaroneck School District’s prekindergarten program, which serves primarily low-income and special needs kids, and is housed at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School, may be on the chopping block, parents fear.
(one comment below reads, ““When I spoke with superintendent Shaps office this afternoon, I was actually surprised by how candid they were in admitting that they were considering such significant changes to the program that it merited stopping the application process indefinitely.”)
As a Mamaroneck resident wrote us in an email:
It seems that the Mamaroneck School District is considering cancelling its Pre-K program for next school year.
For the past few months, the district website announced that Pre-K applications would be available beginning on Jan. 23. This week, all mention of the Pre-K application process has been removed from the site, and parents who called the Mamaroneck Avenue School are being told that the program is being reevaluated in light of the budget and applications are not being sent out.
The District’s Pre-K program was created in 1965 to serve children unable to attend tuition-based nursery schools. Programs for kids with special needs were added 10 years later.
A district spokeswoman did not give a direct answer when asked whether the program’s future is in limbo.
“There have been no decisions to change the program,” the spokeswoman, Debbie Manetta says. “The applications are not being posted yet – we will let the community know when they are available,” despite the earlier announcement they were to have been available starting last Monday.
“Each year, every single budget item is brought to the table and looked at carefully by the district, the board and community members,” she says. “Decisions have not been made at this point to make changes to any program, including Pre-K.”