Booneville’s newest preschool completed its first full week last week.
Academy for Excellence is being operated for children ranging in ages from infant to pre-kindergarten in the building which formerly held Head Start and other similar preschool age programs.
As of last week the academy had about 25 children registered for the program which welcomes children from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Rather than a schedule similar to the public schools in south Logan County, the school is open year-round except for “banker’s holidays,” director Brittany McNutt said last week.
Pageant Ferriabough, who owns the BRU Inc. the Tulsa, Okla., company who operates the center and another one in Tulsa said the center offers a high quality, enriched curriculum along with healty meals and snacks with a loving nurturing staff.
The center employs about 10, she said.
Ferriabough said McNutt is crucial to the facility and she credits David Fritsche with his work behind the scene to make sure the operation is successful, as well as Dustin Garrett with supporting the operation’s launch.
“She is the hero and is dedicated to the community to fill this hole,” said Pageant Ferriabough.
Garrett said last month it was the Booneville High School robotics team’s connection with Ferriabough that lead to talks about keeping the county owned building operational as a preschool.
The facility is licensed through the Department of Human Services for 84 children Ferriabough said last week, with McNutt adding the majority of openings are in toddler and pre-kindergarten ages.