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Additional Teacher And Aides To Be Hired At Centralia City Schools

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Centralia Grade School District will be hiring an additional kindergarten teacher and three additional aides as a result of higher than expected enrollment in kindergarten and first grade.  The decisions were made at a special school board meeting Thursday night where enrollment trends were reviewed.  

Superintendent David Rademacher reports kindergarten enrollment jumped from 140 at the start of school last year to 190 students this year.  In addition to the new teacher at the Field Kindergarten Center, a six-hour and a 3 and a half hour aide will be added at the center.  A full-time aide will be hired to spend a half day in the first grade at both Jordan and Schiller Schools.   

Rademacher says the open positions will be posted for a week with the goal of splitting out the additional kindergarten class at Field School on September 16th.  As a result of the added class, the district will move a half-day early childhood class now at Field to Lincoln School.

Rademacher reports overall enrollment this fall is 1,320 students.  That's up 22 students from the start of last year, but similar to the spring enrollment figures.   He notes the increased enrollment in the early grades is offset by about 40 fewer students at Centralia Junior High School.   

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