Early childhood plans move forward in Urbana

Early childhood plans move forward in Urbana

URBANA — Not only is Urbana getting a new facility for its early-childhood program next year, but it will likely get a new name, as well.

The building will replace Washington Early Childhood School.

Todd Taylor, the school district's director of special services, presented to the board Tuesday a recommendation from a committee to name it Urbana Early Childhood School.

Several board members indicated their support for the name, and the board will vote on the name at its next meeting, which is scheduled for May 21.

Benita Rollins-Gay told Taylor she likes the idea of instilling Urbana pride in its youngest students.

"I think it's a great idea, (to focus on) these kids knowing Urbana, the pride of Urbana and I think it's excellent," Rollins-Gay said.

Paul Poulosky said he also likes that it includes the fact that the building is a school.

"You've chosen a great name," he said.

The entire school board was also sworn in again Tuesday, as all members won re-election in April. Ruth Ann Fisher was the only board member who was opposed in that race. John Dimit kept his position as board president, as did Benita Rollins-Gay as vice president and Fisher as secretary. Brenda Carter is the board's secretary pro tempore.

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