Council enrolls in Municipal League program

NEW MARKET – Town Council passed a resolution allowing the town to be a part of the Virginia Municipal League’s Stairway to Success program.

Designed to increase the role of local government in early childhood education, the program requires towns and cities seeking enrollment to pass a resolution emphasizing the importance of early childhood education. The resolution passed unanimously.

The program uses a point scale to determine the level to which each municipality pays attention to early childhood education. New Market is now in the program’s highest level of “Go,” due to the amount of early childhood programs the town has put on.

Councilman Peter Hughes, chairman of the economic development committee, recommended the idea to join the program.

“A child’s experience in their earliest years has a large impact on their entire lives,” Hughes said. “Children who have access to high quality early childhood education programs are better prepared for kindergarten and success in school.”

Council also held a closed session to discuss potential action regarding the property at 9969 South Congress St. Residents of the surrounding neighborhood addressed council at the August meeting to discuss the state of the property, which they described as “a health risk.”

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com