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Belleville Integrated Pre-school Program Deadline Looms Today

Board of Education officials have a message for all parents of pre-school aged children: Integrated pre-school is starting this fall, but applications are due today, June 20.

School officials say the district will offer an Integrated Preschool Program for three- and four-year old students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The program runs 2 and one-half hours, Monday through Friday, with the morning program running from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon program going from 12:30 p.m. until 3:00pm.

Tuition costs $175 per month, per student.

Enrollment in the program is limited and children will be picked by a lottery.

To be lottery eligible, a child must be either three or four years old on or before Oct. 1, 2014.

A birth certificate and proof of Belleville residency will be required.

Once picked by the lottery system, the first month’s tuition is due to secure a placement.

Applications can be found at the main office of a child’s school or at the Department of Special Services, 102 Passaic Ave., between 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Completed applications are due at the Department of Special Services office no later than 4 p.m., Friday, June 20.

The lottery will be held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at the Department of Special Services. Applicants will be notified of their child’s status by mail.

For additional information, please call 973 450-3500 x1029.

On Thursday, June 26, the 117th Belleville High School Commencement will mean graduation for all who qualify to receive diplomas.

If storms threaten the event, which begins at about 7 p.m., the ceremony moves inside into the Connie Francis Theater.

After remarks by the Class President, class officers, and School Board President John Rivera, the Salutatorian and Valedictorian will talk about their pasts and the future.

Also this month, both the June 2nd and June 16th Board of Education meetings were canceled and replaced with a June 23rd meeting.

The last day of school is June 26, and the 2014 Commencement is scheduled for early evening, according to the school calendar.

The end of the school year was again delayed by an inordinate number of snow days, officials said.