Monday, August 26, 2013
The Buhler School District decided to move and add teachers at Union Valley Elementary School.
The school lost two teachers at the end of the last school year but the district did not fill those vacancies.
A group of concerned parents urged the school board to add at least one more teacher, which the board approved in a special meeting today.
"It gives me a deeper appreciation for the Buhler School District as whole and how they will listen to us parents when we do have concerns," said Holly Smith, parent.
Enrollment numbers showed that there would be 16-18 students in each of the kindergarten classrooms, while 21 in each of the first grade classrooms, 28-29 in each of the second grade classrooms, and 25-26 in each of the third grade classrooms.
The new plan is to reduce the class sizes by moving a kindergarten teacher to first grade and a first grade teacher to second grade. In addition, the district approved hiring a new third grade teacher before school starts next week.
"(We) really believe, for the best for children, to try to get that at least 24 or less per K, 1, 2, and 3," said Principal Randy Roberts. "In doing that, we went ahead and looked within house and then also outside of that."
The school district has been working on bond projects which have extended the summer to four months. This will result in extending the school day by about 30 minutes more when students return to school.
The 2013-2014 school year begins September 3 and ends April 30.