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New Hanover County Schools ready to control Head Start program

The New Hanover County Board of Education held a workshop Thursday to address the beginning of the Head Start Program in New Hanover County schools. (Source: WECT) The New Hanover County Board of Education held a workshop Thursday to address the beginning of the Head Start Program in New Hanover County schools. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

The New Hanover County Board of Education held a workshop Thursday to address the beginning of the Head Start Program in New Hanover County schools.

Thanks to a federal grant received in May, the district will now offer services to 260 economically disadvantaged children at the Dorothy B. Johnson Pre-Kindergarten Center.

Shannon Smiles, Director of Early Childhood Education for New Hanover County Schools, gave a presentation on the way the program will operate in with the district.

"I introduced the program governments and the roles and responsibilities as board members when you take the Head Start grant on," Smiles explained.

According to Smiles' presentation, the school board must:

  • approve programs annually
  • approve all funding and refunding applications
  • approve procedures that define the roles and responsibilities of the board and policy council and the process of shared decision making
  • approve written procedures for handling internal disputes among the governing body (Board of Directors) and policy group (Policy Council)

The presentation noted that control over Head Start will also be guided by a Policy Council and parent committees.

Smiles is looking forward to getting the program off the ground with the direction of the school board.

"I think they're very excited about getting this started and learning more as we go and most importantly serving our community better and early intervention for our students that are sitting at home we can provide services for more children," Smiles explained.

She elaborated that the program will be a great benefit to the district's children.

"We get some school readiness behind them. We get routines established. We get exposure. We get to work with the families. It's really important we take this on as a community because these students will be going to our schools," Smiles said.

The director said the program will follow the New Hanover County School District schedule.

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