Pelham preschool off to successful start
PELHAM — Pelham School Principal Lisa Desjarlais received a round of applause from the School Committee last week after it was announced that the newly opened Pelham Preschool is on track to finish the year with a balanced budget.
“As one who was very nervous about this, I would just like to thank Lisa for her enormous work,” said committee Chairwoman Debbie Gould. “I think you’ve really done a phenomenal job, and you just deserve the credit for creating a really nice program.”
In January, Rob Detweiler, director of finance and operations for the district, predicted the preschool budget for fiscal 2014 to be $90,426.
At the meeting last week, he announced that the school was on track for expenses to total $90,153, and that tuition and other revenue is projected to bring in almost $96,000 for the fiscal year, creating a nearly $6,000 cushion, Detweiler said.
Pelham Preschool opened for the first time at the start of school year with 16 pre-kindergarten students from Pelham and surrounding towns. Desjarlais said the program is full and she is receiving calls from area residents looking to have their children placed on a waiting list.
Tuition is $6.25 per hour, with some families paying a reduced tuition of $2.50 per hour.
Superintendent Maria Geryk pointed out that Desjarlais and other committee members found it difficult to talk about the preschool without smiling.
“It’s brought a special spark to the school,” Desjarlais said.