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ELC School Board ELC discusses size of classes

Small second grade class could be in just three sections; board tables issue

May 25, 2018
David Swartz - Managing Editor ( , Estherville News

After an hour and a half of discussion on Monday, the Estherville Lincoln Central Board tabled the issue of whether to reduce the second-grade from four sections to three for the 2018-19 school year.

Enrollment for the class is projected at 66 students. Four sections would mean 16 to 17 students per class while three sections would be 22 students per class.

Approximately 30 parents attended the meeting. Of those who spoke, they advocated for keeping four sections and smaller class sizes.

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According to superintendent Tara Paul, the reason for having just three second grade teachers is due to budget projection deficits over the next couple years.

Parents who attended the meeting noted the class of 66 has 15 who are on individual education plans, which they said take time and resources away from the teacher.

Paul explained plans made for those students who need more help with reading and math provide for them to be taken out of class to receive that help during 'non-core time."

Also, a teacher will have a "Talented and Gifted" endorsement by this fall, and will design activities to challenge those who need less help.

While enrollment numbers could change by the fall with families moving either in or out of the district, she indicated having 70 students would necessitate adding a fourth section of the grade.

The school board plans to hold a work session at a later date to review data on all grades. The meeting will be open to the public.

In other business Monday, the board approved a 1.45 percent package increase from administrators, secretaries and support staff for fiscal year 2019

The board also approved a 1.02 percent package for custodians.

The board approved several personnel items. Hires include Christine Quastad, high school building secretary; Kyle Steffen and Kim Sorbo, high school summer credit recovery teachers; Jean Jensen, head varsity volleyball coach; Ashley Lullman, junior varsity volleyball coach; Jennifer Brookhart, freshman volleyball coach and Amanda Zylstra, middle school volleyball coach.

Resignations were Emily Sexton, elementary SPED teacher and Sarah Roseland-nutrition aide. Retirement approved was Sharon Neeman, nutrition aide.

The board also approved Nate Hansen as a volunteer baseball coach and Ashley Lullmann as a volunteer softball coach.



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