BURRILLVILLE – The Burrillville School Department has announced that the district’s preschool program is moving to Burrillville High School in the fall of 2023.
According to district officials, the new preschool location will have the space and flexibility to expand programming and the preschool’s current location at Austin T. Levy School will benefit from additional classroom space that it needs for student support services.
“We are looking forward to this move to the high school,” said Preschool Coordinator Dot Murray. “Our preschool population is growing and the additional space along with the collaboration with the high school CTE Education pathway will be good for everyone. With the renovations at the high school, our preschoolers will have a ‘new space,’ new materials, and a new playground to enjoy.”
Even though the program will be housed at BHS, the preschool will operate almost exclusively as its own separate school. The district is leveraging the availability of state and local funding for construction to create a bright new space for the town’s littlest learners, according to a release from the school department, who note that both the preschool program and the CTE Education pathway at the high school will have the opportunity to support each other as they grow.
“The preschool coming to the high school will have a positive impact on the Education Pathway in several ways,” said CTE Education lead instructor Amanda Martins. “CTE Education pathway students who are in years two and three will have the opportunity to become RI teacher assistant certified and assist in the classrooms. This removes transportation challenges, giving access to on-site work-based learning. We envision that in the future we can also help with programming activities and events.”
The BHS CTE Construction Management students are also reportedly assisting with the project demolition, which will help to defray some of the renovation costs.
Some high school classroom movement is expected to occur over the winter vacation break, and further construction is expected to begin in early March.