December 8, 2018 - Sidney City Schools is working to develop a plan to bring preschool back to Sidney City Schools from Shelby Hills Early Childhood Center.
The cost of preschool for the district was set to increase an additional $500,000 over the next four years. With the growth of the preschool and funding changes related to Ohio Department of Education rules, Shelby Hills Early Childhood Center was no longer able to sustain the previous funding model without help from Sidney City Schools
“Ultimately, with the additional preschool cost to the district over the next four years, we have to try and find another way to offer the service and still curb deficit spending,” said Sidney Superintendent Bob Humble.
The district hopes to be able to serve more pre-school students and have a greater impact on the Sidney community with the change.
“We are excited about the expanded opportunities that come with this, especially in that we believe we may be able to offer preschool to more students,” Humble added.
District administration has assembled an exploratory committee of parents, staff and community leaders to develop a game plan and look at the feasibility for shift. That group will be meeting in December and January to develop a rough plan.
Public meetings will be held in early January to keep the staff and community abreast on the possible addition of preschool and what it will look like within the district and get their feedback.