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Pre-K program eyed for new elementary


Enterprise staff

LIVINGSTON -- The Livingston Independent School District met to discuss the new elementary campus and the possibility of a Pre- Kindergarten program during Monday's meeting. A decision on what grades will be on the new campus will be decided at next month's meeting. The recommendation from Superintendent Dr. Darrell Myers is that the campus be Kindergarten through third grade, to assist with the transitional problems associated with opening a new school. "That adds another transition to our kids, moving from one campus to another," Myers said. "Each one of those transitional years is a problem for us, whether it be the fourth grade, sixth grade or ninth grade. Those kids seem to struggle in that transitional year." Costs for staff at the new elementary school will be over $700,000 for 13 positions. It is expected that another 13 positions will transfer to the new campus. The board received projections for the cost of a full-day Pre-Kindergarten program at LISD. To have 300 students, would require 16 teachers and two buses. The approximate cost to LISD would be over $634,000. A decision on a Pre-Kindergarten program will be made at a later date. In the next month, a name will also be chosen for the new elementary. The repair of 14 parking lot lights at Livingston Intermediate School at a price of at least $33,700 was tabled to learn of all options available. The conduits have been in the ground since 1979. They are rusted and the wiring is beginning to break. Timber Creek Elementary School will replace roofing after approval from council. The cost for roofing repairs will be $152,750. The roof located on the northeast section of the main building will be replaced due to existing leaks. Also approved during Monday's meeting was the LISD Athletic Concussion Protocol and a personal property donation of an Apple iPad 2 from the LISD Athletic Booster Club.


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