May 13, 2019 – Sequatchie County Schools were among the districts awarded funds for early learning this month.
State Commissioner of Education Penny Schwinn announced that 18,560 students in 928 classrooms across Tennessee will benefit from the Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program in the 2019-20 school year. A total of 138 districts applied for and received VPK funding through the competitive grant designed to serve 4-year-old students who are at-risk and students in high-priority communities; 68 of these 138 districts are rural.
Sequatchie County Schools were awarded enough to cover the salary of a full time teacher and paraprofessional..
“We had one last year and are thrilled we get to maintain it,” Sarai Pierce said. “It serves 20 4-year-old students.” Pierce is the supervisor of instruction for Sequatchie County Schools' pre-K to 8th grade.
“It is critical that our youngest students get a strong start in school, especially children who have the greatest needs,” Commissioner Schwinn said. “Providing these students with exceptional early learning opportunities can help set them on the path to success for years to come.”