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Rachel Johnston-Salmon, owner of The Kensington School in James City County, said she and her school directors will be able to cross several items off their “wish list” when they move to their new home in January.
The pre-school and child development center, which was founded in 2010, will relocate from its current location at 3000 Easter Circle to a new complex a quarter mile down the road.
“We felt after five years we really had the opportunity to make a lot of those dreams come true and that’s what this is really about,” Johnston-Salmon said.
The Kensington School will take over three buildings at 3435 John Tyler Highway and convert them into an infant and toddler building, a preschool building and an indoor playground and afterschool program building, Johnston-Salmon said.
The school’s space will expand from 11,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet with the move, Johnston-Salmon said. Bathrooms will be built for every classroom to support potty training, teachers will get a larger lounge and the preschool playground will double in size, she said.
“We knew we wanted to expand, not necessarily to expand enrollment but to give our teachers more opportunities and a better play space for our children,” Johnston-Salmon said.
She said the expansion is designed to benefit the school’s current enrollment, which consists of 170 families.
“We’re not moving to see how big we can grow,” Johnston-Salmon said. “Our main concern is how we can help our current families and children.”
The school will relocate over the Christmas holiday and the new building will open Jan. 4, she said.