Leaders in the Fort Worth Independent School District kicked off the first day of school at one of six campuses that expanded its early childhood development program over the summer.
Diamond Hill Elementary School now has bigger classrooms to fill a growing number of Pre-K students in the district.
“The best investment we can make is in early childhood education,” said Dr. Kent Scribner, the lone superintendent candidate for Fort Worth ISD.
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Scribner said this year they have close to 5,000 Pre-K students in the Fort Worth ISD. In the next few years, he hopes to grow that number to 7,000. The district also plans on expanding Pre-K classrooms in 16 schools total by this time next year.
The school board should put the final stamp on Scribner’s approval as superintendent in September.
Scribner told NBC 5 that he plans to finish up his work in Phoenix, Arizona where he is currently a high school superintendent and move to Fort Worth sometime this fall.
Dr. Patricia Linares, Fort Worth ISD’s Interim Superintendent since June 2014, said she will stick around for several months to help Scribner settle into his new position.
“He and I will do a little bit of transition time and then I will go back to retirement,” Linares said.
Scribner and Linares were joined by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price to welcome students to school at Diamond Hill Elementary.