Earl Boyles Celebrates Preschool Construction Next Door

OPB | Dec. 6, 2013 10:14 a.m. | Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 11:31 a.m. | Portland

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Portland area officials celebrated the groundbreaking Thursday of a new preschool right next to an elementary school campus. It’s part of a broader effort to make early learning a priority.

Students dig in at the ground breaking ceremony for the new preschool at Earl Boyles Elementary School.

Students dig in at the ground breaking ceremony for the new preschool at Earl Boyles Elementary School.

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More than a hundred school supporters and parents huddled behind Earl Boyles Elementary on a frigid morning.

David Douglas superintendent Don Grotting says it’s an important step in getting students on track early.

Grotting explained, “We dump millions and millions of dollars into education every year to close the achievement gap. What a novel idea — let’s stop that achievement gap from opening by serving students and their families from birth.”

The new preschool at Earl Boyles marks the first time voters approved spending bond money for such a purpose.

The school already has a preschool program, but it’s in a single classroom. The new building would open next September.

The voter-approved bond covers only half of the cost. Fundraisers still need to raise about $1.8 million.

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