Salem preschool begins Sept. 10
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
SALEM — Plans call for opening the Salem Preschool at the Crew Public Library next Tuesday, Dave Helman told the Salem City Council Tuesday night.
Helman, who chairs the Henry-Washington County Early Childhood Committee, has been working with Mt. Pleasant Superintendent of Schools Mike Wells on planning the Salem portion of the Mt. Pleasant Community Preschool initiative.
“The preschool is moving ahead and the goal is to start Sept. 10,” Helman told the council. “A certified early childhood education has been hired and will spend one-half day in Salem and one-half day in Mt. Pleasant. The goal (in Salem) is for a half-day preschool this year and a full day next year.”
Jim Dean, library board member, said latest enrollment figures show eight students enrolling. “We’re still trying to get another student or two,” he noted.
Dean said the school district plans to use the library for a year with the understanding the preschool will be moved to the Salem Elementary School next year.
Private funds have been raised to purchase a chain-link fence on the east side of the library. The fence will be for the playground. The state requires that each preschool have a playground. Following the current school year, the fence will be moved to the school property, Dean said.
“It (the fence) is privately funded by donors,” Dean continued. “There was no tax money used. We have to have a fence for the playground; no fence, no playground and no school.”