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District Moves One-Step Closer to Tuition Based Pre-K Program

Program, if feasible, will be housed in Nassakeag Elementary School.

Three Village residents are one step closer to having a tuition based pre-k program that, if feasible, could be available for next school year.

Results of a survey conducted by the district earlier this year show enough interest in moving forward with the program.

Empty classrooms at Nassakeag Elementary school would be used for the program. According to Cathy Taldone, Director of School and Community Partnerships, the maximum class size would be 18, with one teacher and one aide. Tuition rates would still need to be determined. If the program moves forward, registration would be held in February and March of 2014.

“We have the potential to increase revenue while also providing the community with a quality pre-k program,” said Taldone at a board of education meeting held Wednesday evening. “We would need to have enrollment in two classes for the program to be self-supporting.”

Taladone also said before and after care is also a possibility for the program, which would be for children who are four-years-old by December. 

"This would help prime our students academically in an environment they will become familiar with," said board of education trustee Susanne Mendleson. "This will hopefully be something we can initiate relatively soon." 

tea December 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM
I personally think the complete school should TUITION BASED. Why should people that have lived here for years be forced out of their homes because of TAXES. Sports, pool, extra activities should be in the pockets of the parents. BUSING has gotten out of hand. ONE bus stop per half mile, not every 1/2 block. I went to Garden City high and I had to walk 3 miles to school. (1969). The town has objected to homeowners having students from the University living with us. This helps off sets the extreme housing cost of THREE VILLAGE. I sure did not need a SCIENCE WING to by bonded for SUNY SB. 1970's this was a super middle class neighborhood, today these big shots don't want us in their town. NO THIS WAS OUR TOWN 1st. Ward Melville gave us our schools and University, but you over spent and residents that can't afford the abuse have to put up with it. Three Village is NOT to town of yesterday, far lower.
Vilhelm December 13, 2013 at 03:41 PM
The whole school district should be funded by tuition based taxes, with only a small percentage being paid by residents with no children attending the schools. It's only fair. And why should a family with 1 or 2 students pay an equal share compared to a family that chooses to have 4, 5, 6 children in school? What's right is right. You pay while you are utilizing the services, then get a break when your not. Why should seniors pay so much to live here? People are being priced out of this neighborhood. The portion of my tax bill for the schools is more per month than a car payment would be. And I'm talking BMW not a Chevy. And I live south of 25A in a modest Levitt home. It's crazy...
Vilhelm December 13, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Sadly, this program will pass and the devil in the details will surface, and somehow, someway we will all be paying for this, regardless of of it's being sugar coated in the beginning.
EG December 13, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Jennifer, Can you put this poll up on the Patch? Do you think the Three village School District will generate revenue with a pre school program? A) Absolutely count me in B) No way the salaries and benefits will sink the program put a burden on the taxpayers and be used as a wedge issue to pass future budgets
tea December 13, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I don't think this is proper. Why should we the taxpayer pay for another perk to our over priced real estate taxes, are we not being raped enough. Let parents pay there own child care. As I have stated before the only things we should be paying taxes for is the 3R's. Anything else parent's should have to pay for their own child or children. Pool, sports, college courses etc.. There should have been no SCIENCE WING at Ward Melville, why with students declining do we need this. Because the rich SB professors and doctors what this for there children, sorry not interested. The Intell program is not done by the children but the PHD students, professor and their parents. Continue to use Brookhaven labs for the extra help not my taxes. We single, older residents that have lived here for years can't afford the abuses. But as I was told before "IF YOU CAN"T AFFORD TO LIVE HERE MOVE". This town is no longer the wonderful three village of the Melville's. They donated the high school, the University land, the University stole Flower field property. We should have very low taxes because of their gift's but the abuses of these residents have broken us all. Another situation is Town of Brookhaven they also over spent when times were good so they are now also abusing residents to make income.
Judy Longo Loguidice December 14, 2013 at 07:35 AM
Maybe I am missing something here but it is a tuition based pre-k program ! Parents will be paying for it. Many schools in our surrounding area offer a FREE program as far as I can see this is not FREE we are paying for it.
mary ann December 14, 2013 at 07:45 AM
THIS IS DAY CARE AND PARENTS SHOULD PAY ACCORDINGLY.
tea December 14, 2013 at 01:31 PM
Judy, This school district does nothing for nothing.. Fee based... how about what it truly cost, nurse, teachers, building staff, aides,food staff, etc etc..heat, electric, gas, close the school and rent it to a company like Port Jefferson did. Mary Haven. Classes were in the past 40 students now lucky if they are 20 per teacher with a aide. Teachers salaries and perks are over the top.. is this truly what the district wants to add to our expenses. FEE BASED MY FOOT... in Centereach, Selden, Coram if a child is having educational problems it goes under THE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND...private tutors but in three Village we can't get this, because SOME OF OUR PARENTS ARE RICH. What happens to the parents that aren't make $100,000 of thousands...they get no help....Don't try to tell me this is not the truth, because I know this first hand.. Most of this town has there head in the sand and coould only care about themselves..

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