Lew Williams Project prepares for fall opening
The Pinellas County School District is getting ready to open the new Lew Williams Center for Early Learning in the 2013/14 school year.
The center, which will target children ages 1 to 4, is to open at pTEC St. Petersburg. The School Board approved Tuesday a new job description for an administrator - executive program manager - to oversee the center's daily operations. That job will need to be filled soon. District officials are submitting an application to the Department of Health in Pinellas County for a license to open. (The health department oversees childcare centers.) And renovations at pTEC St. Petersburg are expected to start June 1 and finish in mid-August.
The Lew Williams Project, as the district calls it, is an early childhood initiative named for board member Lew Williams who died unexpectedly in 2011. Williams, who owned a daycare, was passionate about early childhood education.
District officials had hoped to get into the early childhood business not only with the Lew Williams Project but by running the county's federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs. But the school district's bid to run Head Start was denied. That hasn't stopped it from pushing ahead with the Lew Williams Project.
Read more about the project here.