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Jefferson Still In Full Use

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Jefferson Elementary was closed down in the spring of 2002...but it hasn't sat empty since then.

Actually...it is full.

The classroom space is split between the Head Start program in Minot and the school system's early childhood special needs program.

Perry Olson takes us to the school to see what happens daily there.

It served the Minot Public School District for decades as an elementary school -- granted a very small one, with just one section of each grade level. But for more than a decade now...it has been hopping again...with younger kids.

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "The building is bustling between head start and early childhood we are full out here."

Completely full in fact on the Head Start side.

(Karen Knowles - Head Start Director) "We are all full day classrooms from 9 to 3:30. They do literacy activities and math activities."

5 classrooms are dedicated to the federal program that serves as preschool more many families in Minot.

(Karen Knowles - Head Start Director) "If we didn't have this space here...I don't know what we would do. I am serving 94 kids in this building and I don't know where we would put them if I didn't have the space."

These classrooms at Jefferson are in addition to the Head Start facility not far from the school. It's packed like most all educational buildings in the region...

(Karen Knowles - Head Start Director) "We are full...I have no more spots open until someone leaves and we can change kids out."

(Mark Vollmer - MPS Superintendent) "It is certainly not sitting vacant and is an important part of our district."

At Jefferson, Perry Olson, KX News."

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