Update: Few spots remaining for UPK

District officials announced Mexico Academy and Central School District’s upcoming transition to full-day universal pre-kindergarten has been met with enthusiasm and a large number of registrations for fall’s first cohort.

Superintendent Dr. Donna Runner said both planned classes for Mexico Elementary School are full, with only a few openings that remain in the New Haven and Palermo elementary classes.

“The wealth of enthusiasm and high demand for our full-day classes is wonderful to see and goes to show how much of a need it is here in this community,” said Runner. “Studies show the extra time in the classroom is beneficial long-term not only to academics but to other important factors such as attendance and social-emotional health.”

In total, officials said, the district has received 80 applicants across its three elementary schools. Because Mexico Elementary is full, any applicants received who would normally attend that school will be offered spots at Palermo or New Haven.

All remaining spots will be issued on a first come, first served basis until the classes are full.

“If you are thinking about enrolling for the fall, we encourage you to get your application in as soon as possible,” said Runner.