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MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GA (WTVM) -

The superintendent of Muscogee County schools has a plan that will affect every family with a child four-years-old or younger planning to attend pre-kindergarten classes.

Superintendent David Lewis said elementary schools suffer from lack of enrollment.  His new plan for pre-kindergarten classes aims to fill some of that empty classroom space. He said the adjustments will do more than just save money.

"In some cases we'll actually be making money for the district and providing better oversight and supervision of our teachers within the pre-K programs."

The plan was presented to the board who will vote on the subject after three more public meetings for questions and feedback.

"From what I heard this evening, I like the sound of it.  I think it will certainly be more efficient for the system.  Rather than having 30 separate classrooms where parents are going now- consolidating it to 9.  It's lining up very well with the west, central and east divisions that the superintendent has previously outlined as far as district realignment.   So I like what I heard tonight.  I think it's a well designed plan," said board chairman, Rob Varner.

Also discussed at tonight's work session was the plan to apply for $6 million in school improvement grants for Spencer and Jordan high schools and Fox Elementary.

"Those grants specifically target the needs of schools in terms of their student performance data and it helps provide additional resources that otherwise may not be available," said Superintendent Lewis.

The three have been identified as schools in need of a turnaround, and the funds will be spent on innovative services to improve achievement.

"We are using that money to continue the progress that is going on at these schools, and then they added in our first elementary school, which is Fox," said chief academic officer, Ronie Collins.

The applications for those grants are due in four days and the district will know if they got the money as soon as June 1.

There are three public meetings scheduled for questions and feedback:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 6:00 p.m. Eagle Ridge Elementary

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:00 p.m. Rigdon Road Elementary

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 6:00 p.m. South Columbus Elementary

A complete explanation of the plan and a breakdown of which schools will host the new classes can be found at this link.

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