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Charleston Pre-K to K moves into new home

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

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Amanda Medlock, Charleston R-1 early childhood teacher, shelves books in her new classroom at Hearnes Elementary in Charleston. When school begins Aug. 19, Hearnes Elementary will be home to the prekindergarten through fifth grade students. Leonna Heuring, Staff
CHARLESTON -- Early this summer supplies and furniture were moved from Charleston R-1's Kindergarten Center to a new home located nearly a mile away at Hearnes Elementary.

When the new school year begins on Aug. 19 all of the district's students in prekindergarten through fifth grade will be housed at Hearnes Elementary.

"Everything is going well. Actually the move is far ahead of schedule," said Earl Farmer Jr., president of the Charleston R-1 School Board.

Since 1956 the Kindergarten Center building on East Commercial Street has housed the school district's kindergarten and prekindergarten students.

Faced with declining enrollment, funding constraints and a $1 million deficit for the 2010-2011 school year's budget, the district's Board of Education voted in the spring to move the kindergarten and prekindergarten students to the Hearnes Elementary building on Plant Road.

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