ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A Save the Children Head Start Program is coming to South Rapides Parish. Tuesday night the Rapides Parish School Board voted to enter into a classroom usage agreement with the program.
Two classrooms at Carter C. Raymond Junior High School in Lecompte will be used by Head Start. The federal program focuses on early childhood education. It provides children from low-income families with the tools needed to prepare them for kindergarten.
Save the Children's Head Start Program Director Nicole Hall was negotiating with the district about the two open classrooms. After assessing the value, the district asked for $2,400 per classroom.
But, Tuesday Hall asked the board to purchase both for $3,062. She said every federal dollar they spent had to be reasonable and justified.
Lecompte community members spoke before the board and said the children would eventually enhance Carter C. Raymond's future. They said the area was lacking a model early childhood education program.
With the start of school close by, Hall was excited to get the vote.
"The spaces that we are actually entering into this agreement with are not being used," Hall said. "They were actually being used for storage. So, this just gives us the opportunity to bring some life into those classrooms. You know, bring great experiences, enrichment, culture into those classrooms. And build those little sponge-like minds. So, we are just really excited about it."
Each classroom will service 17 children between the ages of three to five.