School hires new Hermosa position
Published: Thursday, October 17th, 2013
At its October meeting on Monday, the Custer School District Board of Education voted in favor of adding a paraprofessional at Hermosa School to help with large classroom sizes in the younger grades.
At last month’s meeting, a patron addressed the board about the large class sizes in the second grade. The second grade has 27 students for one teacher. The third grade also has a high number of students, with 26, for one teacher.
“The strategic plan dictates we look at hiring another teacher to break that up,” said superintendent Scott Lepke. “But let’s say I get another teacher and split the class, which is a good idea on the surface. Is it financially feasible to have a small class at that level, as opposed to Custer which has that same number of students, even with the addition of a second teacher?”
Hermosa principal Jeremy Hurd said it would be a struggle to split a grade between two teachers and conversations would need to happen between teachers and parents. To make the situation easier, Hurd requested adding a paraprofessional to help teachers and assist students. The paraprofessional would be used in the second and third grades, as well as other areas of need, such as kindergarten, which also has a large class size.
“A second grade teacher is a second grade teacher,” Lepke said. “That teacher will teach second grade and that’s all. It’s harder to share that second teacher we add.”
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