The two modular units where the old Central Elementary School was located on K Avenue may soon house classrooms for the Early Head Start program.

The La Grande School Board voted Wednesday for the school district to begin negotiating a lease agreement for the modulars with Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, which oversees the Early Head Start program in
La Grande.

“This is very exciting,” said Dan Daltoso, associate director of Umatilla-Morrow Head Start.

A division of Head Start, Early Head Start is a federally funded community-based program for low-income families with infants and toddlers. The modulars leased by U-M Head Start would be used to house La Grande’s full-day Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program, which is presently located at the Riveria Activity Center.

Each modular has two classrooms, and moving to the modulars at the old Central site would provide the program with significantly more room than it has now.

“We really need the space,” Daltoso said.

See complete story in Friday's Observer