(WMC) - The Shelby County Election Commission found a compromise in their latest pre-K funding battle.
Originally, the commission considered a plan to fund pre-K with $6 million. Mayor Mark Luttrell asked the commission to wait and do a study before committing $3 million.
The two sides met in the middle Monday and the commission voted to lower the amount from $6 million to $3 million.
"I think we can still work within this compromise to get what's needed. I think that's sustainability and a good plan," said Luttrell.
All elementary schools will get a share according to average daily attendance. This includes the municipal school districts that have not yet set up its pre-K programs.
Among those who made a plea to commissioners for the money was seventh grader Karmen Winters and her mother, Rosemary—a school resource teacher at Downtown Elementary School.
"I said I think pre-K is important to me, because when I was in pre-K, it basically taught me my reading skills, and it taught me what I needed to know for kindergarten," said Karmen.
"I am so happy the amendment passed for our students so we can continue to have pre-K classes in the Shelby County [Schools] district," said Rosemary.
Shelby County's pre-K program is designed to help 4 year olds who have been identified as educationally and economically at risk.
"We're talking about two dozen more pre-K classrooms, roughly," Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy said.
Mid-South parents WMC Action News 5 spoke with after the funding passed committee last week, say they support pre-K because it helps make sure children are ready for kindergarten and gives them a head start for the rest of their education.