'Pre-K 4 SA' already in the works

5,700 eligible 4-ye­ar-olds to benefit from program

SAN ANTONIO - 'Pre-K 4 SA' is already in the works following Tuesday night’s victory.


Voters approved an eighth of a cent sales tax increase to expand full-day Pre-K classes for 5,700 eligible 4-year-olds to begin with, as many as 22,000 over eight years.

Local school districts also await the memorandum of understanding, a legal contract that will include specifics about the program.

“The devil is in the details and you’re looking at 12 or 13 independent school districts,” said Pascual Gonzalez, Northside ISD spokesperson.

Mayor Julian Castro, who first proposed the initiative, said he expects the negotiations will be done as a group.

“They have common concerns and there will be a singular memorandum of understanding, not a different version for each school district,” Castro said.

He said a lot of work already has been done, “so we’re not starting from zero.”

The mayor said, “They’re close to the end of what I believe will be an agreeable memorandum of understanding.”

Otherwise, Castro said much more needs to be done.

“We’re working on everything, from the governing board, the bylaws, the real estate issues to make that happen by the fall of 2013,” Castro said.

He said he expects the governing board appointed by city council will be in place by the end of the year to oversee the first two Centers for Excellence, ultimately four throughout the city.

Castro said city council next week will consider recommended potential sites.

He also said the executive search will get underway by the end of the year for the program’s chief executive officer.

“We’re going to be very meticulous. We’re going to be very collaborative and thorough,” Castro said. “It’s all a concern in terms of making sure we get it right.”


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