Heights District Does Away with Pre-K to Resolve Class Size Woes
School district plans to use the class space to reduce class size of other grades at elementary schools.
Increased enrollment in the Hasbrouck Heights school district has forced the Board of Education to eliminate its pre-K program as of September in order to free up classrooms at both elementary schools to resolve class size issues.
Plans are not set in stone yet, according to Dina Messery, business administrator who says the district will have to see if the budget for the coming school year will support it. It is also too soon to say how this will affect staff members, she said.
The district hopes to be able to reduce class size for kindergarten and first and second grades at Euclid and Lincoln, she says. Over the past year parents have come forward with concerns about class size at the early elementary grade levels. Second grade classes at Lincoln School reportedly had 27 students in two classrooms and 28 in the third class.
Superintendent Mark Porto reported at the start of the school year enrollment increased 5 percent from the previous school year. Since 2010, enrollment increased by more than 300 students, about 22 percent, Porto has previously reported.
The increased enrollment has also affected space issues at the middle school/high school and some restructuring was done with the media center setting up a computer lab for class instruction.
Messery says the district has searched for another place to put the pre-K classes but it has not panned out at this point. The district will continue the search in the hopes of bringing the program back for the 2014-2015 school year.