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UPK Parent letter and Survey

Dear UPK Parents and Guardians:

It was a pleasure to meet most of you at the recent UPK orientation, and I am looking forward to working with your young ones this school year.  When we met, I mentioned a grant application we had received to transition our half day UPK program into a full day UPK program beginning with the second half of this school year.

We had a chance to thoroughly read the grant document and requirements.  Schools that are high needs (we are) and do NOT already have a state funded UPK (we do receive some state funds), will be given first priority.  This means that while we qualify for the funds, there is no guarantee that we receive the funds.  If I was a betting man, I would put our odds of receiving the money at 50/50. 

That being said, you have to be “in it to win it” as they say, so we would like to ask the Board of Education for approval and at least submit the grant application to see where it goes.  The grant application deadline is September 15th, which does not give us a lot of time to get everything together, but we will.

If we decide not to apply for the grant, it may be several years until we qualify again.  We feel that we need to really consider this opportunity and this is where we need your help.  The survey below has two questions and a comment section.  If you could complete the survey by August 30th, I would appreciate it.  I apologize for the quick turnaround time, but we need to get input as soon as possible.

We will use the survey results to see how you feel about transitioning from a half day program to a full day program this school year.  If the results are overwhelmingly against this possible move, I will let the Board of Education know that we are not going to apply.  If the results are positive, we will bring everything forward for the Board of Education to approve at their regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting on September 11th.

Thank you for trusting us with your children, and also thank you for taking the time to complete the survey so we can make as informed of a decision as possible.



Christopher R. Brown, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Click on this link to complete the survey: UPK Survey