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Proposed PreK Center and Expansion

Manor ISD is collecting feedback on a proposal to house all district Pre-K on one campus. Currently, we’re looking to repurpose Manor Elementary to serve as the site of the Pre-K center. If approved, the early childhood center will open in August 2019.

In the current plan, MES families would start going to Lagos Elementary starting next year. Lagos Elementary is a fantastic school with strong leadership and a passionate dedication to the students. This would also be an advantage for many families who actually live closer to Lagos, but go to MES because of the district boundary lines.

For more information on this important proposal, please see the attached FAQ. We will also be updating the FAQ on our website as the plan progresses, so please check back in the coming week.

Questions can also be sent to the Early Childhood/Pre-K interest area on Let’s Talk! Or by calling 512-278-4422.

What are Manor ISD’s proposed plans regarding Pre-K for the 2019-20 school year?

Manor ISD is collecting feedback on a proposal to house all district Pre-K on one campus. Currently, we’re looking to repurpose Manor Elementary to serve as the site of the Pre-K center. If approved, early childhood center will open in August 2019.

Where would MES K-5 students go if the site is repurposed as a Pre-K Center?

In the current plan, MES families would start going to Lagos Elementary starting next year. Lagos Elementary is a fantastic school with strong leadership and a passionate dedication to the students. This would also be an advantage for many families who actually live closer to Lagos, but go to MES because of the district boundary lines.

Why is Manor ISD looking to repurpose Manor Elementary?

Currently, Manor Elementary is underutilized, at about 30 percent capacity. Lagos similarly is at about 50 percent capacity. If MES is repurposed as a districtwide Pre-K Center, this will better utilize the space at both campuses, and allow for the necessary expansion of the Manor ISD Pre-K Program.

We do not live near the proposed early childhood center, how will my child get to school?

PreK students will still have the opportunity to ride a bus to their home campus. They will then be transferred from their home campus to the early childhood center. Parents will also have the opportunity to drop off their child.

What curriculum is used for PreK?

Manor ISD PreK classrooms are rich in materials that help children acquire and develop social and academic skills. In our classrooms, you will find books, manipulatives, puzzles, games, blocks, musical instruments, and more. In Manor ISD, the PreK teachers use Big Day for PreK, a comprehensive, integrated curriculum that is rooted in literacy.

What is the process for enrolling my child in the proposed early childhood center? And who can enroll?

Families may register their child through the Manor ISD online portal. This portal is accessed through the Manor ISD Website. Registration for PreK begins in April of 2019. If your child turns four on or before September 1st of the current school year, they are eligible to apply for PreK. Families must meet certain criteria to qualify for free PreK.

Will three-year-olds be eligible to register for PK3 at the early childhood center?

Our PK3 program is offered through a partnership with Headstart. Your family must qualify with Child Inc. in order to register for this program. Please review the Child Inc./Head Start guidelines here. This program is first come, first serve.

What are the plans for safety at the proposed early childhood center?

The early childhood center will be held to the same safety standards as every campus in MISD. We are working to develop a secure vestibule as well as an enclosed campus before the school opens to exceed the current standard of the district. All parents will be required to report to the office before entering the academic halls. All cameras, badge readers, and intrusion alarms will be upgraded as well.

Will after-school care be provided?

Manor ISD is currently exploring options for after-school care for the Early Childhood Center.

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Will there be teaching assistants for all PreK teachers?
All Manor ISD PreK teachers WILL have a TA who will support their classroom. We currently have one teaching assistant for every two classrooms.
 
Are there any other proposed campuses?
There are currently no other proposed campuses to house the proposed PreK Center.
 
What kind of experiences will be offered to PreK students at a PreK Center, that aren’t offered at their home campus?
The proposed PreK Center will offer regular, specific training unique to early childhood for all PreK staff. PreK students will also have the opportunity to attend music, art, and PE. Many PreK students in Manor ISD do not get to experience these opportunities due to campus size.
 
How will elementary staff members be able to get there child to the PK Center and to then to their work campus on time?
Manor ISD elementary staff members will have the option to have their child ride a shuttle from the campus where their parent works to the PreK center and then back to the elementary campus.
 
Why not have PreK-3rd grade on the campus and 4th-5th move to Lagos ES?
There are not enough classroom spaces for Manor Elementary to accommodate all PreK through third grade classrooms.
 
Do you think that boarding buses twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon will be too much?
We are currently exploring transit times from each elementary campus and feel confident in our transportation department's ability to shuttle the students as needed. Parents would of course always have the option to drop off their students directly to the PreK Center.
 
Will there be enough restrooms for all of the districts PreK students?
Yes, there are enough restrooms to accommodate for more than  700 students.
 
Will there be another preschool aged playground added to the proposed PreK Center?
We are conducting facility walks to determine what modifications will need to take place to retrofit the campus for PreK students. This item will be taken into consideration when determining what changes should take place.
 
When will we know when the proposal will move forward?
The Manor ISD Board of Trustees will vote on the proposal at their regularly-scheduled February meeting. The agenda item could be tabled at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
 
Will there be a negative effect on instructional time as a result of transporting the students?
The state of Texas requires that PreK students receive 180 minutes of instruction, which roughly breaks down to half a day of instruction. In Manor ISD, we have invested in a full day program offering our students 450 minutes of instruction, 270 more minutes than required by the state. We will lose a portion of these minute throughout the transportation process but will remain well within the time frame set by the state and more.
 
How much will this campus transformation cost?
In the current proposal, we have allocated $50, 000 for facilities renovations.
 
Will this impact current elementary schools?
This proposal would provide additional classroom space on each campus.
 
Will funds be taken from other schools?
The funds provided to campuses from the state for PreK students will follow that child to the proposed PreK Center.
 
What will happen to Manor Elementary School teachers?
These teachers will have the choice to transfer to another school within in the district.
 
How long will the PreK shuttles take to get my child from their home campus to the proposed PreK Center?
We are running mock shuttle runs to gather this information. The shuttle times will range from 8-20 minutes.
 
Wouldn’t it make more sense to build a PreK center near an elementary school to avoid pre-k shuttles?
In Manor ISD, we offer PreK at all elementary campuses, building near an existing school, would still require us to shuttle students from the other campuses.
 
When is Pre-K Roundup going to happen to see what kind of numbers are enrolling?
We will open enrollment in April.
 
Is the goal of relocating the PreK program to have room to expand the services currently offered? Will this change allow MISD to immediately serve more PK 3 and PK 4 students? Or will MES only provide enough space for the current 700 PreK students from other campuses? What is the capacity of MES?
The goal is to provide a high quality, equitable experience for all PreK students. This move will allow us to offer the PreK3 program to more families. Those numbers reflect this year’s PreK enrollment, which changes each year, as it is most children’s first time in school. The capacity of MES is 700 students.
 
What about out of district transfers? Staff transferred elementary students to be at same campus where they work and that won't be possible unless the child is a pre-k student?
Correct, transfers into the PreK center must be PreK aged students only.