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Stockdale Head Start not closing
STOCKDALE -- The Stockdale Head Start, located at 1208 W. Main in Stockdale, is not closing, contrary to the talk on the street. A different group, according to Stockdale Independent School District (ISD) Superintendent Paul Darilek and Maria Vidal, senior director of the Head Start, has been awarded the federal funds and will now oversee the Stockdale Head Start. Stockdale is just one of the Head Starts in Karnes, Wilson, and Atascosa counties that BCFS -- Statewide Transition Services in Kerrville will now oversee. The Economic Opportunities Development Corp. of those counties has served the area in that capacity for many years.
Forty children -- ages 3, 4, and 5 years old -- are currently enrolled in the Stockdale Head Start, Vidal said.
Vidal has worked at the licensed child-care center for 37 years, and has received several inquiries about the status of the center. Families with limited income and disabled children are offered child-care assistance six hours per day, Monday through Friday, for the nine-month school calendar year.
Darilek, who met with BCFS -- Statewide Transition Services representatives May 10, also updated the Stockdale ISD board of trustees during its May 13 meeting.
Darilek confirmed the Stockdale Head Start is “not closing,” and that BCFS was awarded the federal funds to administer duties at the Stockdale Head Start and continue a partnership with the school district.
The school district and the Head Start have partnered for the past three to four years, Vidal said.
With the new company taking the reins, BCFS is considering expanding by 20 children.
Darilek said the school district is negotiating with BCFS to add a 4-K class to the Stockdale Elementary campus. If the class were approved, the school would be reimbursed the cost of a teacher and teacher’s aide salary by 50 percent. Since the board of trustees has been considering another pre-K class, this is welcome news to the district, Darilek said.
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