Wonewoc-Center To Consider 3-Year-Old Preschool Program
At their January board meeting, the Wonewoc-Center School Board discussed the possibility of establishing a 3-year-old preschool program. Currently, the district offers a 3-year-old preschool option for children who qualify as special needs.
District officials who brought the proposal forward aim to use the new program to help bolster the district’s scores in vocabulary and vocabulary usage, an area in which Wonewoc-Center sees a need for improvement.
State standards indicate that students entering their academic careers should have a vocabulary of roughly 1,000 words, a number of incoming students at Wonewoc-Center on average fall short of. Under the proposed program, students would focus on building their vocabularies and increasing vocab usage in order to better prepare them for higher-grade levels.
District officials have identified a potential location for the program: the elementary locker rooms, which are set to be remodeled from their current usage as extra room for Title support. New teachers would also have to be hired into the district, though District Administrator Dr. Sharon Ennis has indicated that there are a few candidates within the district who may be considered for the positions should they be interested.
A survey for families within the Wonewoc-Center School District will be distributed towards the end of March in order to better gauge interest in such a program. Should interest be high enough to warrant the program’s creation, district officials hope to see the program ready for its inaugural class in Fall 2022.