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CMS provides a home for Betz preschoolers


Last updated 2/22/2018 at 4:13pm

John McCallum

Photo by John McCallum Cheney Middle School student teaching assistant Kiera Lizama reads to preschooler Clayton Kenison.

Cheney Middle School Principal Mike Stark had two thoughts when he heard last spring that nearby Betz Elementary School was out of space for its preschool program.

The first was with about 500 students in a facility built to house around 800, the middle school had plenty of space. The second was mixing preschoolers with adolescent 12–14 year olds could present problems.

"It shouldn't work, but it does," Stark said. "In fact, it not only works, it's thriving."

After Stark's offer of space to house three preschool classes was approved by school district administration, he set about preparin...

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