Southwest Licking's Flying Colors preschool program will remain in the kindergarten center and contracted through the Licking County Educational Service Center -- at least for now.

Southwest Licking's Flying Colors preschool program will remain in the kindergarten center and contracted through the Licking County Educational Service Center -- at least for now.

The district was expected to take over the preschool if its 7.8-mill renewal of an emergency levy failed May 5.

Because the levy was approved, the Flying Colors preschool program will remain as is.

The renewal levy will collect about $4.53 million over five years. The levy will cost most homeowners roughly $239 each year per $100,000 of assessed property valuation.

"If the levy failed, we'd take (the preschool) over," board member Don Huber said during a May 7 special board meeting. "A lot of contingency planning went on. To all the people who did all the contingency planning, it really is appreciated. It was a lot of work and it's going to help us.

"We said we'd take over the preschool because it would've saved us some money immediately," Huber said. "We would've had to scramble, but it would've saved us some money. Now that the levy passed, we're not under that much pressure."

Superintendent Robert Jennell said an immediate takeover of the preschool program was not warranted unless the district was in a dire financial position, "which we could've potentially been."

Jennell said the preschool is obviously part of the district, but it is separated to an extent because the Licking County ESC operates it.

Eventually, he said, he would like to see Southwest Licking operate the preschool.

However, Jennell said, he wants to take some time to see what hurdles the district would have clear to take over the preschool.

"I say we give it a little time and discussion," he said.