Lottery may determine spots in pre-kindergarten class

PORT HENRY - Moriah Central School is preparing for a lottery to see what students can attend pre-kindergarten in 2010-11.

The school plans two pre-kindergarten classrooms next academic year, with 20 students in each room. A third class is dependent upon the number of students who sign up and the availability of funding.

If there are more students than class spots, a lottery will be used to determine who attends pre-kindergarten. Registration for the random selection process (lottery) begins Jan. 11 and runs through Feb. 1.

Signing up a child during this period does not mean a child is automatically enrolled in the pre-kindergarten program. It only means that parents wish for their child to be included in the random lottery that will determine the students who will be enrolled.

The lottery will be conducted at a board of education meeting in March or April.

If there are more students than available spots, the school will continue the lottery to establish a waiting list, should openings occur.

Those who call after the sign-up period ends will automatically be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.

The process is in accordance with New York State Department of Education protocol for Pre-Kindergarten programs.

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