Boise Officials Join School District to Celebrate Launch of Free Pre-K Program 

click to enlarge Boise Mayor Dave Bieter: "This is a watershed day for our city and maybe our state." - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Boise Mayor Dave Bieter: "This is a watershed day for our city and maybe our state."

It may have been easier to count who was not in attendance than to tally up the legion of public officials in attendance for Thursday's celebration of the much-anticipated pre-kindergarten partnership between the city of Boise and the Boise Independent School District.

City council members, Idaho legislators, school board members, educators and even Boise Police Chief Bill Bones were on hand to cheer the Monday, Nov. 2 start of free pre-K classes at Hawthorne and Whitney elementary schools in Boise's Vista neighborhood.

"This is a watershed day for our city and maybe our state," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, who was the first of a list of speakers who all took note that Boise should serve as a model for "free, high-quality pre-K for all of Idaho."

Though several proposals have come and gone, the Idaho Legislature has yet to entertain a measure that would provide a free pre-K opportunity for all Idaho children.

United Way of Idaho Executive Director Nora Carpenter pointed to Bieter and Boise School Superintendent Don Coberly for the collaboration.

"This was a very bold thing for you to do, Mr. Mayor and Superintendent Coberly," said Carpenter. "And it's so impressive that you packed this room at Whitney Elementary today. So, let's pack the lives of these young people beginning next week and continue packing their lives until they achieve careers and come back here when they're adults to pack the room again for another generation of young people."

Coberly said, "I have to give credit where credit is due. The city of Boise came to us and said we need to do this."

The pre-K project is part of Bieter's Energize Our Neighborhoods initiative, which has targeted the Vista neighborhood for what hizzoner calls "measurable change.'

"Let's wrap this up," said Bieter, with an eye on a plate of specially-designed "Boise Pre-K Project" cookies. "I'm all about healthy snacks but those are great cookies."

click to enlarge GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice

Pin It


Comments are closed.


Latest in Citydesk

  • Boise State Set to Begin New Work of Art

    Boise State Set to Begin New Work of Art

    Officials are ready to break ground for a five-story, 97,222-square-foot fine arts building on Tuesday, May 2.
    • Apr 26, 2017
  • Timberline High School Gets Good Grades From <i>U.S. News</i>

    Timberline High School Gets Good Grades From U.S. News

    U.S. News & World Report rankings "focus on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests."
    • Apr 26, 2017
  • April 25, 2017: What to Know

    April 25, 2017: What to Know

    A double execution, the State Department apologizes over its online content on Mar-a-Lago, a 12-year-old goes on a lengthy Australian drive-about and the growing possibility of a Hollywood writers strike.
    • Apr 25, 2017
  • More »

© 2017 Boise Weekly

Website powered by Foundation