HEAD START PLANS MOVE TO FORMER SCHOOL

ps5-head-startThe upper floor of the former P.S. 5 has been the home of S.O.M.E. Architects for the past two years, but the ground floor has largely remained vacant. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank’s former PS5 is about to go back to school.

The borough zoning board last week gave preliminary approval for Acelero Learning to set up its Head Start pre-K program on the ground floor of  the former public school at 144 Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

Acelero officials say they hope eventually to expand the program into the second floor, which is now occupied by S.O.M.E. Architects under a lease with a partnership that bought the building three years ago from the Community YMCA for $1.3 million.

Acelero officials, who’ve run the program in the basement of Mt. Zion House of Prayer since 2005, say they have been looking for years to move into a place that would allow it to cut down, if not eliminate, an enrollment waiting list.

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