Preschool run out of Morris County vocational school to be shut down

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A preschool run out of the Morris County Vocational High School is being shut down, sending some parents scrambling to find a new school.

The news will impact more than 25 students. Parents say that they received a letter in the mail that the school would no longer be in service. Instead, the Dover School District will be running a pre-K program out of it for Dover residents only.

"We were confused, disappointed, frustrated,” says parent Erik Jarger.

The letter states that the commissioner of education recently upheld a judge's decision that vocational school districts can’t operate a preschool for non-residents and collect private tuition.

"We’ve done our research and we've determined that there are still many other fee-based preschools still operating this entire school year within public schools, Denville being one of them,” says mother Jessica Strosnider.

District officials sent out another letter Wednesday stating that because of the situation they will operate the original program alongside the Dover program until Dec. 20. But this is not a good compromise to some parents.

"I question if you can do it until December, why can't you do it until June?" Strosnider asks.

The parents say that switching preschools mid-year is not an option and now they are looking for a new school for their kids.

"This is a decision that parents grapple with, as to how it will affect the education of their children from now until high school. Whether to keep them in preschool an extra year or start them in kindergarten,” says Jarger.

The district is providing parents with resources to get each child into a preschool program. But the parents say that they're not done fighting just yet.

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