Thanks to funding received from a state grant, Morrison Elementary School in Troy will be offering preschool to children ages four and five during the 2017-2018 school year.
The funding, part of Gov. Steve Bullock’s STARS preschool pilot program, is intended to expand access to quality preschool programs to Montana students and to demonstrate the effectiveness of preschool in public schools, private preschools, and public-private partnerships, according to a statement from Gov. Bullock’s office.
Morrison Elementary was awarded $130,000 from the $3 million authorized by the legislature during the 2017 session. The funding allows the district to offer one preschool class, which will be limited to 15 to 18 students, for four days each week.
The preschool is anticipated to open in September, although a firm date has yet to be set as the school district is working to hire a new teacher and paraprofessional to staff the program.