The Cannon Falls school board learned of a last minute teaching addition at its August 26 meeting.
Plans going into the summer had called for only three sections of fourth grade, which would have been the first time the elementary school had dropped to three sections in any grade in decades.
But, a bump in enrollment this summer of seven new kids in that grade sent student numbers from 80 to 87. The school decided to add a fourth section to keep the student-teacher ratio at a better level just in the recent week.
Kiley Reich, who had been a 3rd and 4th grade reading specialist in the school, will move into the new section as a teacher. A new reading specialist will be hired.
Superintendent Beth Giese said that State funding is about $6,000 per student, so an extra seven students about funds a full-time hire.
Kindergarten enrollment is expected to be near 80.
Elementary Principal Derek Bell also reported that some expanded roles of paras and some new hires will also mean that each grade this year will have its own lunchroom and recess para. He said this will help in implementing the new schedule at the school and tie in with the Positive Behavior program started last year.
The paras list approved at the meeting includes Peggy Jandris, Penny Robinson, Melissa McGaffey, Stacy Wagenknecht, Barb Simon, Lynn Larson, Hayley Anderson, Janet Vold, and Danielle Tyler.
Community Ed hires include Kenzie Meyers, Maddie Gander, Brooke Peters, Matthew Breuer, Bryce Boyle Hoban and Abby VanWatermeulen as Cannon Kids student helpers. Amanda Hestekin, Sarah Menne and Alaine Nelson are new pre-school hires. Doug Larson is a new special education para hire at the high school.
Community Ed/Activities director Jake Winchell reported that three boys soccer teams were fielded for this fall in the initial year of the program (varsity, junior varsity and junior high). Interest from girls was only enough for one team which will play varsity. Winchell said after school starts a junior varsity team may be added if more girls sign up.
Winchell said the soccer program will be part of the HVL Conference next year, which will help in scheduling.
A new mural was painted in the science room...A stipend of $500 was approved for Jaime Winchell who will take on chair duties of the curriculum committee.