The collaborative will allow grant money to be split between Corinth and Alcorn County school districts and the Prentiss County School District.
The almost $1.5 million grant will be doled out over the next three years.
“This grant money will help us strengthen and expand our prekindergarten education,” said Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith. “This is good for all the districts involved and will help those pre-K offerings beyond the transitional classroom.”
The Mississippi Board of Education funded grant is one of 11 grants approved through the Early Learning Collaborative Act, the first state-funded, voluntary prekindergarten program.
According to Smith, the grant will add one pre-K class to the district.
“We will be adding 20 new students,” she said. “Right now we presently have 40 pre-K students in the district.”
The grant will allow Corinth School District to increase their number of students by 65, while Prentiss County School District will be able to offer one additional pre-K class.
The grant, which is up to $433,225 in year one and up to $519,225 in years two and three, will provide classroom teachers and assistants for the new classrooms being created.
The collaborative extends beyond the school districts. Funds will also be given to the Corinth and Kendrick Head Starts and a number of day cares — The Giving Tree, Just Kids, Kidsville, Kid Kountry and Little Blessings.