Saturday July 2nd, 2022 5:16AM

Gainesville pre-k teachers to work full year despite cuts

GAINESVILLE - Teachers and paraprofessionals in Gainesville City Schools' pre-kindergarten program will continue to work a full 180 days next year despite recent funding cuts from the state.

Superintendent Merrianne Dyer said while the pre-k program has been shortened to 160 days, pre-k teachers and paraprofessionals will assist in kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms for the other 30 days.

"They'll be working as co-teachers in special education classes, in classes of gifted education, in classes of English-language learners," she said.

Dyer says those types of programs will generate funding for having an additional teacher in the classroom.

The Gainesville City School Board voted for the measure 4-1 Monday night.

Gov. Nathan Deal proposed the cuts to the pre-k program during this year's legislative session as a way to salvage the cash-strapped program.

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