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The Anacortes School District plans to transition school next year from a district-run pre-school to an expanded partnership with the YMCA for services at Whitney Early Learning Center.

The move will result in cost savings, while ensuring the number of pre-school slots remains the same or grows, said superintendent Mark Wenzel.

“While we hate to lose a successful ASD program, the proposed model continues strong service to local families and makes more sense economically,” said Wenzel. “We’re confident that children will continue to receive a strong pre-school experience on the Whitney campus.”

In the past Wenzel has cited an anticipated $1 million budget shortfall for the coming school year. 

YMCA program director Shirley Chu hopes to serve an additional 20 children with this expanded program. The YMCA currently serves 34 3-5 year-old children.

"We've enjoyed a strong partnership with the school district," said YMCA education coordinator Shirley Chu. "This expanded service will continue to fill the critical role of early learning in Anacortes."

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,609 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

288 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
35,476 Fully Vaccinated
50,348 Initial Doses Given


358,592 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,434 Hospitalizations

5,380 Deaths Statewide
1,830,811 Fully Vaccinated
2,748,811 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times

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