Preschool Relocating to VanGorden in August

Lakota/BCESC Relocating to VanGorden in August
Posted on 04/12/2019
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The Butler County Educational Service Center and Lakota preschool program will have a new home for the 2019-20 school year; the program will move to VanGorden Elementary School in the fall.


The decision to consolidate the program to one school is a result of the recent enrollment study the district commissioned. “The enrollment study is forecasting significant growth for our early childhood schools in the coming years,” said Andrea Longworth, executive director of special services for the district. “By moving the majority of our preschool classrooms to VanGorden, it will help to alleviate space constraints at our ECS buildings,” she continued.


Currently, the preschool program is located at Lakota’s six early childhood schools. Two classrooms will remain at Liberty ECS.


With 25 new housing developments coming to the area, Chief Operations Officer Chris Passarge said that it was time to update the enrollment forecast. “We are always evaluating our buildings, not only for current upkeep and maintenance, but also looking ahead,” he said. “We have concerns with overcrowding in some schools and this move will help not only in the fall but will also prepare us for future growth.”


“Choosing VanGorden was a natural choice as enrollment is not forecasted to reach building capacity in the 10-year study,” noted Passarge.


“We are excited to have our youngest learners together in the fall,” said Longworth. “It opens the doors to new opportunities and collaboration for both our teachers and our students.”