- Normandy Schools Collaborative
Normandy Breaks Ground at Site of New Early Learning Center
A beautiful fall morning was the backdrop for an event celebrating the next phase in the history of the Normandy Schools Collaborative. Students, families, staff, local government officials, and community members gathered October 18 for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site for the new Normandy Early Learning Center (ELC).
“This Early Learning Center is the result of serious debate about what Normandy’s 'next' should look like,” said Dr. Charles Pearson, Normandy Superintendent of Schools. “This Early Learning Center is both an addition to the Normandy Schools Collaborative as well as an ambitious addition to the quality of early learning programming in this region.”
The ELC, which will serve students in Pre-school, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten in one state-of-the-art facility, is scheduled to open for the 2019-2020 school year. Research demonstrates that students who start their academic career in a strong early learning program are more likely to perform on grade level and not need remedial support later in their schooling.
The ELC is being built on the site of the current Normandy 7th-8th Grade Center, which will close next school year. Normandy 7th and 8th graders will return to the elementary schools in fall 2019 as part of the district-wide reconfiguration as ‘elemiddle’ schools serving students in grades 1-8. The funds to construct the ELC were made possible by the voters’ approval of Proposition N in April 2017.
Rev. Cedric Portis Sr., president of Normandy’s Joint Executive Governing Board (JEGB), remarked that for students to compete and succeed on the global stage, there must be significant investment in early childhood education.
“Thank you voters, community, partners for your faith in this process of transformation for our community, district and children,” Portis said.