Alice Independent School District school board members approved the authorization for Superintendent Dr. Carl Scarbrough to develop an agreement with Community Action Corporation of South Texas (CACOST) regarding the use of Mary R. Garcia Elementary Monday evening.

The agreement will allow to use Mary R. Garcia Elementary as a learning center for CACOST.

CACOST serves over 16 counties and over 6,000 people in Jim Wells County with more than 300 students in head start.

According to the presentation by CACOST representatives, the school would be called Mary R. Garcia Learning Center and would be a place to add head start classrooms and hold parenting classes.

Alice has a waiting list of students eligible for the head start program. However, due to the lack of facilities in the area CACOST has limited services to provide.

The head start program follows the Opening the World of Learning (OWL) curriculum and consults the school district to make sure that they are aligned with their curriculum as children from the program will enter the school district, according to April Anzaldua, director of community services and development for CACOST.

Mary R. Garcia campus is a ready facility and is expected to be certified in January 2019 so that CACOST can begin accepting students for the 2019-2020 school year, according to Ana Awalt, CACOST executive director.