Private preschool will open this fall in Helper
After learning that Sally Mauro would not be starting a preschool program for the fall 2014 school year, a private citizen has stepped forward to assist Helper parents looking for a place to send their young students.
Starting this fall, Terri Lasslo will be opening the Heritage Preschool inside of the New Life Ministries on U.S. Highway 6 in Helper.
Student registration has already begun and positions are limited.
Initially, the school will register only 4-year-old students. However, Lasslo plans to expand the classes to include 3-year-old students in the fall of 2015.
"We had a preschool while operating our Christian Academy," she said. "I was responsible for teaching preschool then and I can't wait to do so once again."
According to Lasslo, the school's curriculum will not focus on Christian lessons, but will instead provide "academic fun for 4-year-olds, focusing on phonics, reading readiness, shapes, numbers, songs and social development. The students will also work on Kindergarten preparation.
"We decided to leave religious choices up to the parents," said Lasslo. "We provided those lessons before and I have learned that those issues are best addressed by a child's parents."
According to Lasslo, she also wanted to make sure that everyone felt welcome to attend the school. Instruction will be very personal, as the state has limited the facility to seven children per class. Utah education authorities have already toured the site and approved Lasslo's program and curriculum.
With Busy Bee Preschool closing after the fall of 2014, the new school couldn't come at a better time. The Carbon School District had planned to use Sally Mauro for preschool classes in the fall, but logistical problems have postponed that until at least the 2015-2016 school year.
With the closure of private schools like Busy Bee and Miss Alice's Preschool, which was open for 37 years in Price, a new batch of instructors and facilities are needed across the Castle Country. According to a former Carbon District administrator, in recent years, elementary facilities have been built to house no more than 10 additional students over the projected annual enrollment.
According to comments made by district Special Programs Director Robert Cox at a recent district meeting, neither Sally Mauro or Castle Heights possess the physical space to house such a program.
The district plans to apply for funding on July 1, hoping to alleviate the cost of providing for the district's youngest students.