Bald Eagle

Howard Elementary School could get preschool class

At a Bald Eagle Area school board meeting Thursday night, Superintendent Jeff Miles said a preschool program might find its way to Howard Elementary School.

Representatives from CenClear Child Services reportedly approached the district about opening another preschool class.

Howard Principal Skip Pighetti said at least 10 students must sign up for the program in order for the CenClear class to operate.

BEA does not have its own pre-K or preschools, but the Clearfield County-based agency offers full-day preschool classes to eligible families in the district.

Wingate Elementary School Principal and district director of elementary education Jim Orichosky said it’s an income-based program and costs nothing to the district.

Orichosky said CenClear provides the leadership and curriculum, while the district allows them to use its facilities.

CenClear currently operates a class at Port Matilda and Wingate elementary schools.

Pighetti also announced Thursday that the district began receiving federal funding Jan. 4 for Title 1 and Title 2 programs.

As of Friday, the district received $101,519 of the estimated $304,000 total, Pighetti said.

“We should be getting more by the end of the month,” Pighetti said.

Title 1 is a program through the federal government that helps low-income students. Eligible schools get federal funding to help support those students on the free and reduced lunch program.

Title 2 is a federal program that financially helps schools to enhance professional development.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo