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New Sun Valley school may house only pre-schoolers and kindergarteners

The possibility exists that Sun Valley Elementary School, currently under construction, will house only pre-school and kindergarten school students at the outset.

Last night, the Sunnyside School Board received that recommendation from Superintendent Rick Cole.

Cole told district officials that when part of the building is complete and useable, it might be best to have it be a school for pre-school and kindergarten students in the district, with the exception of those youngsters who would attend Outlook Elementary School, until there's more square footage to house students in the first through fifth grades.

This would eliminate shifting boundaries and making changes to transportation, he said.

"We think a P-K environment would be real successful," Cole said, adding that he thought it would be the best learning environment for the short term, until other phases of construction are completed.

The directors requested that Cole present more information at the February regularly scheduled meeting.

School Board Director Miguel Puente expressed concern regarding transition for young children and requested that be considered when Cole makes his recommendation.

During a trip to Texas, School Board Director Joanna Killian said she had the opportunity to visit a pre-school/kindergarten school. Based on her experiences, she said, "I think it's a very successful way to go."

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