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Canton's Gridley School preschool program may not run next year

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  June 19, 2013 10:41 AM

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The town-run Gridley School preschool may not be operating next year because of a large number of staff resignations and low enrollment in the program, Canton officials have learned.

Recreation director Janet Maguire told selectmen Tuesday that the program could run at a $20,000 deficit this year if more participants do not sign up.

Four teachers had resigned, meaning that new ones would have to be hired, and there have only been 12 students enrolled. The program has a capacity of 46.

Maguire recommended the program be under the purview of the School Department rather than the Recreation Department. She added that her committee would support continuing the program if they knew that selectmen would support it financially.

After hearing from parents that the school was the best affordable option for some, selectmen decided to see whether there were more people who would sign up by June 28. Parents can enroll by calling 781 821 5030.

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