The Walker County Board of Education has been awarded four additional First Class Pre-K classrooms.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education announced the addition of 55 new First Class Pre-K classrooms this week in 25 Alabama counties, effective for the 2020-2021 school year.
According to Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joel Hagood, Cordova Elementary School, Curry Elementary School, Oakman Middle School, and Valley Jr. High School will each receive an additional First Class Pre-K classroom.
Hagood said the school system now has a total of 14 First Class Pre-K classrooms.
"This is a competitive process with only 55 units awarded statewide, and four of those were awarded to our system," Hagood said in a post to Facebook. "Thank you to Sen. Greg Reed and representatives Connie Rowe and Tim Wadsworth for your efforts and support. We will be pursuing additional units this summer."
The new classrooms were made possible by $6 million appropriated for First Class Pre-K in the FY2021 Education Trust Fund budget.
“Alabama First Class Pre-K is a model of excellence in early learning for the nation,” Ivey said in a report by Alabama News Network. “By adding 55 classrooms, we will ensure that 22,500 children will build a strong foundation for their educational journey. I applaud the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education for their uncompromising work in providing high-quality early childhood education.”
According to the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education website, First Class Pre-K served over 21,000 Alabama 4-year-olds in 2019.