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Public-Private Partnership Expected to Bring More Children to School

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Marfa first-graders deliver weather reports on KRTS, September 26, 2012.

At Monday's board meeting of the Marfa Independent School District, the trustees voted unanimously to partner with Marfa Montessori to extend early learning in Marfa. The public school currently offers schooling to children who turn 4 years old by September 1.

The week prior, the board of directors at Marfa Montessori - a private, non-profit organization - first voted unanimously for the partnership. Currently, funding for the school is based on donations and tuition fees. It educates children ages 3 to 6.

Marfa ISD Superintendent Andrew Peters outlined how the innovative partnership would reduce costs for parents and broaden the base of children who are currently in school, by adding 3-year-olds to the citywide system.

Former KRTS/KXWT News Director