The Wichita School Board voted last night to close the early childhood education program at Booth. The bond issue passed in 2000 called for improvements to Booth. Administrators say the decision will save the district close to $200,000. "The bottom line is we think we can continue providing excellent pre-k and all day kindergarten program, and save the district longterm money", Superintendent Winston Brooks said.
Jim Ward was the only board member to vote against the plan. "This raises a question about our commitment both to choice and to early childhood, it's our way or no way", said Ward.
The money designated for Booth will be used on additions to Allen Elementary School.