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Head Start may be headed to Bangor School District

BANGOR, Pa. - Head Start, the federally-funded, pre-kindergarten program designed to help children from low-income families, may be coming to the Bangor Area School District.

If the district decides to sign up for Head Start, a decision it may make at its next meeting, the program would cost about $14,000 a year. That amount is estimated to pay for transportation costs to bus the students, ages 3 and 4, for half-day sessions of about 4.5 hours.

To be eligible for the program, families' income cannot exceed the federal poverty guideline.

Joseph Kondisko, the district's director of curriculum, told the board at a work session Monday night there are about 40 to 50 families who would qualify.

The school day would run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., he said.

"The key is enrollment," Kondisko told the board. In order for the district to qualify, it needs a minimum of 20 students, Kondisko said.

School board member, Craig Berger, said he was in favor of the program because it "levels the playing field between the haves and the have-nots."

In another matter, the board discussed hiring a computer security firm to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the district's computer system, at a cost of about $10,000.

"They are going to look for holes," said Business Manager Stephen Wiencek.

Computer security became an issue recently when someone in California attempted to hack into the district's computers. 

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