School district redoes preschool lottery after complaints from parents

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An Ocean County school district had to redo a preschool lottery after some applications were left out, leading to complaints from parents.

Brick Township school officials say more than 30 applications were left out of the lottery to determine which children would get a spot in the preschool program.

"Really, it was either those people aren’t in the lottery or we rerun the lottery. Those are the only choices,” says school Superintendent Gerald Dalton.

The preschool only has 150 spots for 367 children. Parents lined up Monday night to find out whether their children made it into the school. But after a few numbers were called, the power went out. They were still able to complete the lottery.

Parents whose children made it into the program celebrated.

“I’m excited because she got in the first time and when we got the letter saying she wasn’t in it was kind of a disappointment,” says Toni Johnson. “But it was in God’s hands and here we are in again.”

But other parents and children were not so lucky.

“Disappointed. I mean it’s going to cost us almost $10,000 next year for [my daughter] to go to a preschool,” says Sean Kelly. “Luckily we have a preschool that we have her in this year that will keep her in next year.”

Parents were mixed in their opinions about the fact that the lottery had to be redone. Some thought that it was the right thing to do. But others thought that it was unfair that children already accepted into the program were not grandfathered in.

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