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Lawrence school district to host dinner, discussion about Montessori program

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Lawrence Public Schools will host a “dinner and discussion” about the Montessori program planned for New York Elementary.

The plan is still pending approval from the school board. However, the district posted flyers on Friday inviting families to come to the school, 936 New York St., to learn about the program.

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Pending board approval, “Lawrence Public Schools will begin a phased approach to offering a free, public Montessori education at New York Elementary School. Beginning with the Children’s House (ages 3, 4, and kindergarten) in the fall of 2022, the district plans to add Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (grades 4-6) opportunities in the future,” the flyer states.

Families living outside the New York school area can apply for a transfer to the school for their kindergartner and elementary siblings; families in the neighborhood may apply for a transfer to Cordley Elementary for kindergartners for the traditional classroom environment, according to the flyer. Transportation will not be provided.

“The Montessori Children’s House will be open to all children ages 3, 4, and kindergartners with priority placement given New York school families,” the flyer says. New student registration is at this link.

The two events will start with a pasta buffet with salad, drinks and dessert from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., followed by a discussion and Q&A session until 7:15 p.m. Child care will be provided, according to the flyer. The events are Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21.

As of Friday afternoon, the Montessori plan was not on the Lawrence school board’s Monday meeting agenda.

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