School board and county commisioners discuss Durham Co. pre-K expansion proposal
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DURHAM -- A plan to expand the pre-K program in Durham County is still in the works. The school board met with county commissioners Tuesday to discuss the proposal that would more than double the amount of pre-K students from about 700 to around 2,000.
However, the vision comes with a hefty price tag.
The initiative would cost an estimated $12,000 per student. Though some say the plan rivals the cost of a high-end private school education, supporters say the plan is essential to keeping Durham County students competitive amidst the county's growing population.
"It's certainly moving forward and discussions are very ameniable on both sides because they see pre-K as one of the futuristic programs to ensure success in Durham Public Schools and schools across the country," said Paul Lesieur from Durham Public Schools.
The five-year proposal calls for an expansion of 260 students and 17 classrooms a year.