O’FALLON – District 90 has announced where three new class-size reduction teachers will be assigned starting in August.
The teachers, which were able to be hired for the upcoming school year due to unexpected funding from the state, will be placed at the first, third, and fifth grade levels. The district reviewed enrollment data and determined those grade levels to be the highest in student to teacher ratios.
Based on available classroom space, a first grade class will be added at Hinchcliffe Elementary School, a third grade class will be added at Estelle Kampmeyer, and a fifth grade class will be added at Laverna Evans. In order to positively impact class sizes in other elementary schools, the district is in the process of transferring some of their students into the new sections as needed.
Superintendent Carrie Hruby said the class-size reduction teachers won’t solve all of the class size problems but they will be a help.
“The priority of these three positions is to focus on primary grade levels where class size has the largest impact. While this isn’t a solution that will decrease all class sizes, its a step in the right direction that also allows the District to remain fiscally conservative,” Hruby said.
The extra state funding came to District 90 when the Illinois General Assembly passed a stopgap budget on June 30 where they fully funded General State Aid for the first time in seven years. District 90 officials decided to use a portion of the funds to hire the class-size reduction teachers, while the rest will be used to replenish district funds that have been diminished over the years.