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Riverside to explore opening preschool (Audio included)

Superintendent Scott Mann proposed Tuesday to the Board of Education that Riverside Schools should look into starting a pre-school program.

Mann told the board that his research showed that getting to students early makes a big difference in test scores down the road.

“I really feel that it will help our community out as far as enhancing our early learning,” he said. “Looking at our scores this last year for kindergarten readiness, there was such a discrepancy between those kids that had pre-school and those that haven’t.”

Mann said that the pre-school will be tuition-based, costing families $100 per month, per child to attend, less for those families who meet the income guidelines (less than 200% of the federal poverty limit).

Scott Mann talks about proposed pre-school program, calamity days, heating costs

The board was also informed that the school has used its entire heating budget already - having received and used four fill-ups - this winter and that if it needs to buy more propane, it will be very unlikely that it will get it for the price that was contracted last summer.

In other action, the board approved invoices and expenditures totaling $621,118.65 for December 2013, and $602,433.73 for January 2014 for the General and all other funds and approved the transfer of $75,000 from the General Fund to Severance Fund. The board also approved the contract with Western Ohio Computer Organization for internet service from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 at an annual cost of $21,324 per year.

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