FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Frederick County Commissioners are shifting management of the local Head Start preschool program from the county to a federal contractor.

The board voted 4-1 Tuesday to give control of the program back to the federal government in a move that is expected to save the county $2 million a year.

Commissioners President Blaine Young says he knows of no other Maryland county that runs its local Head Start program. The programs for at-risk children also can be run by nonprofit or for-profit organizations.

Young says the approximately 80 county employees who work for Head Start may be invited to reapply for positions with a federal contractor who is expected to take over March 1.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)