Enrollment Up In Jefferson City Public Schools

7 years 9 months 1 week ago Tuesday, August 17 2010 Aug 17, 2010 Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:25:16 AM CDT August 17, 2010 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - Students at Jefferson City Public Schools begin class tomorrow.  When they do, some of them may have a few more classmates than usual.  That's because the district is expecting an increase in enrollment.

The biggest expected surge will be in kindergarten.  School officials say they expect this year's class to surpass 800 students for the first time in district history.  Kindergartners would comprise roughly 10 percent of the district's population in that case.  However, teachers and school administrators say they're not worried.

"Nothing really changes," Callaway Hills kindergarten teacher Monica Renfrow said.  "You still prepare everything the same, the only difference is this year we have to prepare a few more things."

Fellow kindergarten teacher Cassie Anderson agrees.

"We're always excited for the year," Anderson said.  "We're still going to give kids individual attention and make sure everyone is ready to learn.

At Callaway Hills, the two kindergarten classes will have 26 students apiece.  Last year the class sizes were in the low twenties.

Still, principal Ramona Dobson says her teachers can handle the load.

"If you hire a good staff and if you have good teachers they're going to be able to handle a class whether it has 15 kids or 30," Dobson said.  "I feel confident teachers can handle increased enrollment."

If kindergarten enrollment does surpass 800, kindergartners would comprise roughly 10 percent of the district's students.

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