9/20/2013 11:03:00 AM Addition made to Randolph kindergarten staff
by Ken Haggerty
The Randolph School District approved at its September 16 meeting the hiring of Christine Tresselt-Warren for a two-thirds of a full time kindergarten teacher position.
The position was added to meet enrollment of 48 kindergarten students and is expected to grow by two more.
"We appreciate the Board adding this position," said Elementary Principal Matt Rutledge. "A class size of around 16 is much better than a kindergarten class with 24 students," he said.
Kindergarten students go to specialists like music and phy ed, meaning a full-position was not needed.
Randolph went to all-day, every-day kindergarten this year (they had been half-day, every-day), which contributed to the new staffing needs.
Total K-12 enrollment is at 575, up from 478 in 2005-06. The K-5 enrollment is now at 304, an average of almost 51 per grade. The 6-12 enrollment is at 271; about 39 per grade.
As the higher numbers in the lower grades move forward, space is going to be an issue, said Elementary Principal Matt Rutledge. He expects next year kindergarten enrollment will also be at about 50 students, based on a current preschool class of 47.
"We're going to need another room next year already, so we're looking at a 6th grade rotation with a study hall period held in the commons area," said Rutledge.
Board chair Gary Moorhouse said "we're not going to stop talking about building...the big picture is that in ten years we may have 100 more kids enrolled in K-12."
The District runs three- and four-year old pre-school programs in the building and a before and after school day care for K-6 that takes up some classroom space. Rutledge said he doesn't think it's wise to disrupt that pre-school program, as it's a great feeder program for the elementary.
In addition to Tresselt-Warren, the following hires were approved: Carol Emery as a long-term sub from Sept. 16 to Nov. 22 for elementary teacher Jen Lindahl's maternity leave; Ashley Waldvogel as a preschool assistant/para/ECFE assistant; Dana Banitt as preschool teacher; Bethany Johnson as preschool teacher; Rhea Moorhouse as para; Laurie Otte as para; Angie Stapf as para; Paul Hunsaid as special ed van driver.
People in Business Care
High school Principal Ben Fisher acknowledged the unsolicited donation from People in Business Care of forty $50 Target gift cards distributed to families in need to help purchase school supplies.
On October 23, CPR training for grades 7-12 will be held in cooperation with the Northfield Ambulance service. The community will be invited to take part in the training as well. It is expected to last an hour.
The Rural Education Achievement Program federal grant for this year is about $49,000, down from about $53,000 last year, said business manager Regina Wernimont, she said. Schools with K-12 enrollment below 600 are eligible.
Superintendent Michael Kelley said road conditions for buses are the best he's ever seen. New asphalt work is complete on Minnesota Hwy. 56 and Dakota County 88. Blaine Avenue was upgraded from gravel to paved. Repairs are coming on Harry Ave. and there is new asphalt at the bus garage lot.
"It should save on wear and tear on our buses," said Kelley.
The septic system work was completed with minimal damage to existing grass, said Kelley. The south gym floor work is set for October 17, MEA weekend.