Alvin ISD trustees pass renewal of full-day prekindergarten waiver for next three school years

Alvin ISD’s board of trustees approved the renewal of its prekindergarten full-day waiver for the 2022-23 school year. (Courtesy Pexels)
Alvin ISD’s board of trustees approved the renewal of its prekindergarten full-day waiver for the 2022-23 school year. (Courtesy Pexels)

Alvin ISD’s board of trustees approved the renewal of its prekindergarten full-day waiver for the 2022-23 school year. (Courtesy Pexels)

Alvin ISD’s board of trustees at its Jan. 11 meeting unanimously approved the renewal of its prekindergarten full-day Texas Education Agency waiver for the 2022-23, 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.

House Bill 3 requires school districts in the state to provide a full-day prekindergarten program to eligible 4-year-old children with exemptions to districts that would need to build new classroom facilities or if the number of eligible prekindergarten children decreases due to a full-day program, according to agenda documents.

Implementing a full-day prekindergarten program at all AISD campuses would require construction of additional classroom facilities, agenda documents said, making the district eligible for the exemption.

The district currently only has a full-day prekindergarten program at its highest-need campuses, which are Title I elementary schools that offer prekindergarten. At a Title I school, 40% or more of the student population is considered economically disadvantaged, AISD Director of Communications Renae Rives said.

Alvin Elementary, Don Jeter Elementary, E.C. Mason Elementary, Hasse Elementary, Hood-Case Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Melba Passmore Elementary, Meridiana Elementary, Nelson Elementary, R.L.Stevenson Primary, Savannah Lakes Elementary and Sanchez Elementary are all Title I campuses, according to AISD.


The construction of additional elementary schools over the next three years will help AISD with incorporating a full-day prekindergarten program across the entire district, according to agenda documents.
By Andy Yanez

Reporter, Pearland/Friendswood

Andy joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Houston. He started off as the South Houston Metro Reporter where he helped each different edition in the South Houston market before transitioning to the Pearland/Friendswood market in August 2021. Andy covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Andy served as the sports editor of The Cougar, UH's student newspaper, where he covered the university's athletics beat for two years and got to cover the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four in Indianapolis.