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Enrollment Numbers Prompt Teacher Hire

Third class section added to drop average class size from 25 to 17

will have one more section of Kindergarten this year, thanks to higher than average enrollment numbers, district officials said at a school board meeting last week.

“We reached a critical breaking point,” in terms of enrollment numbers, Assistant Superintendent Janet Donohue said Wednesday. “We thought better to [add the class] now than wait until the middle of the year to add it.”

Once 50 students enrolled, the school moved to have a third section of Kindergarten, and a new teacher, added.

Susan Pielka, who had previously been working as a long-term sub in the district, was appointed to the position. The job is part-time.

According to last year’s Betsy principal , the three sections of half-day kindergarten will have between 16 and 17 students in each.

“We did what was in the best interest of the kids,” Zimmermann said.

The school is also . Classes for Kindergarteners through high school seniors start this Wednesday.

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Randall B September 04, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Study after study has proven that while smaller classes are better than bigger classes, 25 is not excessive. I would agree to reduce the size of the class if someone could prove that reducing class size from 25 to 17 will yield a better SAT score. I hope the school board studied this to death before they agreed to increase our tax burden. By the way, how much is this going to cost the taxpayers and where is the money coming from to pay for extra teachers?
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