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The Santa Maria-Bonita School District will hold four informational meetings for parents interested in enrolling their kindergartner in the district's Dual Language Immersion Program at Jiménez Elementary School.

Established during the 2015-16 school year, the program offers students an opportunity to learn to read, write, speak, listen and think in both English and Spanish. Students will continue to receive dual-language instruction as they progress to the next grade level each year.

Now in its fourth year, parents who attend the meeting will receive detailed information about the program and have the opportunity to meet and speak with teachers, administrators, students and families who are currently participating in the program.

Meetings will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30; Wednesday, Feb. 13; Wednesday, Feb. 27; and Wednesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. Each is conducted in English and Spanish and will be held at the school district office, located at 708 S. Miller St. in Santa Maria.

Due to limited space, 2019 enrollment is limited to incoming kindergarten students who reside within the boundaries of the Santa Maria-Bonita School District. Parent attendance at one of the four meetings is required as applications are only available at the meetings.

A lottery will be used to determine which students are selected for spots in the program.

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Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga

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