Upshur County Schools to open five new PreK classrooms

UPSHUR COUNTY — Upshur County Schools is excited to announce the opening of five new PreK classrooms for the 2019-20 school year.  Buckhannon Academy will be home to two classrooms, a new classroom will be established in Union Elementary and a new classroom will open in Hodgesville Elementary.  Also, the classroom that was opened as a pilot at French Creek Elementary will become a fully functioning PreK. These classrooms are in addition to the current PreK offerings for our county.  Charliena Eubank, Director and Teacher at Island Nursery/Union Elementary PreK, said “For the past fourteen years, Island Nursery Pre-K has been a public Pre-K collaborative with Upshur County School System. We have worked along Union Elementary to assure our students have all of the opportunities available to them. Union Elementary staff and teachers have always made our students and staff feel like their own. I serve on the PTO at Union, we join them for special activities during and after school and on field trips. Island Nursery Kindergarten is excited to collaborate with Union Elementary in the additional PreK at the school.  We will continue to serve our Upshur County children through exceptional early childhood offerings.” 

    Upshur County Schools (UCS) will provide in-district transportation for children to attend their home schools, along with their siblings. Teachers in these PreK classrooms will be fully certified teachers, many with specializations. As Upshur County employees, all teachers will be credentialed by the West Virginia Department of Education and classroom assistants will have the WVDE Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher certification. 

Upshur County is also working with daycare providers to determine if after-school care can be available in the school buildings.  Dr. Sara Stankus, Superintendent of Upshur County Schools reports that “In terms of development, the importance of early childhood education can’t be overstated. A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development. Pre-School is important for providing a strong base for lifelong learning and learning abilities. We are very proud to be serving our families and children by increasing the PreK offerings in our schools.”

To be eligible for PreK, a child must be 4 years old on or before June 30th.  Enrollment forms are available online at, and can be picked up from any elementary school or at the Central Office.  For questions, contact Lori Woods at 304-472-5480 ext. 1043.


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