Ventnor Educational Community Complex

The Ventnor Educational Community Complex educates 701 students, down from 752 last year and 905 in 2011.

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VENTNOR — The Ventnor City Board of Education will hold a special meeting at noon Monday, Sept. 11, to approve the hiring of teachers and aides to implement a preschool expansion program.

The state Department of Education approved the district’s application to increase to full-time status three pre-kindergarten classes for 4-year-olds and three for 3-year-olds. One of the 3-year-old classes will be at Gateway Head Start, which is located in the early childhood education wing at the Ventnor Educational Community Complex.

The district was awarded $659,641 in additional state aid to expand the early childhood education program to include an additional 65 general education preschool students.

According to Ventnor Elementary School Principal Carmella Somershoe, research shows full-day pre-k has a positive effect on student achievement throughout their elementary school years.

The 4-year-olds start school Thursday, Sept. 7, and the younger students will report to class Monday, Sept. 25.

The program will infuse technology into the learning environment with the use of iPads. Teachers will also use the iPads to monitor student growth.

The district will have to reapply for the funds after one year.

The district announced the program to parents in August and recruited enough students to fill the spots available. It also advertised the positions needed to staff the classrooms and will approve them at Monday’s meeting.

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