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3 Head Start classrooms moving to Maplewood

By LEANA CHOATE - lchoate@newsexaminer.com

Three unused classrooms at Maplewood Elementary School will be converted to Head Start for the coming school year.  

Fayette County School Corporation is making changes in an effort to utilize the county’s early childhood resources as effectively as possible for young students.

The school corporation has decided to move the three out of the six Head Start classrooms, one from Magic Moments and two from Eastview Elementary, to Maplewood for the 2019-2020 school year.

Maplewood will still have all of its elementary-grade classes, kindergarten through sixth grade.  

“With FCSC being the Head Start grantee, it’s fiscally responsible to cluster Head Start classrooms together if possible,” Scott Collins, Fayette County Schools superintendent, said.

Maplewood was selected as the Head Start center because it has enough classrooms that have the required square footage with individual, single-use bathrooms, Collins said.

Moving the classrooms to Maplewood will allow the sharing of resources among classrooms, collaboration between educators and coordinators, and partnering with the Title 1 Preschool and the developmental preschool already housed there. Overall, it should allow for more effective programming, he said. 

“The plan for Maplewood is to move the three Head Start rooms as previously discussed and to relocate my Head Start staff to a more central location where classrooms are,” Kelly McCullum, early childhood education director, said.

“For years, our Head Start nurse, administration, and support staff have been housed at the Resource Center on Grand Avenue,” Collins said. “By bringing this team to a school building that houses half of the program’s classrooms, it is a great step in consolidating resources on-site with the Head Start teachers and students.”

“Maplewood administration, along with Head Start and Central Office administration, and the facilities and maintenance team are working collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition this summer. The space at Maplewood will encompass all learners preschool through 6th grade in a safe, effective classroom environment conducive to learning,” Collins said.