CM schools stuck with large classes

By Lori Hansen • Last Updated 3:09 pm on Thursday, November 24, 2011

STANTON — Central Montcalm Public School administrators aren’t happy with having more than 30 pupils in each second-grade classroom, but they say their hands are tied.
Sheridan resident Jeremy Hopkins expressed his concerns about the situation in kindergarten, which also started the year with more than 30 pupils in each class, and second grade.
“It is overcrowded this year,” he said.
Superintendent Jake Helms agreed that 30 pupils is too many at the elementary level. He pointed out the district started with five kindergarten sections and added one, along with a second teacher for another section, to ease the crowded classrooms.
However, no new hires are planned for second grade right now.
“Basically, it all comes down to dollars and cents. We can’t afford add another teacher,” Helms said. “We fell short on doing what is best for second graders.”
Hopkins doesn’t support adding another second-grade teacher at this stage of the school year. But he is concerned with how the district will handle the situation next year when the overcrowding likely will move to third grade.
“They have some idea of how many students they will have and need to plan accordingly,” Hopkins said.
The board also approved the district’s 2010-2011 financial audit report. Helms said the district had three business managers during the last school year, which caused some areas to get overlooked.
“Our expenditures were more than our revenue and we had to make some changes in the spring to correct it,” he said.


Three Central Montcalm students expelled

A Central Montcalm High School student was expelled for the remainder of this school year on Monday after she was caught with drugs at school.
Board of Education members voted 6-0 to approve expelling the female student, who was carrying a prescription drug belonging to her mother.
Board members expelled two other male high school students during a special meeting on Oct. 26 for using a controlled substance on school grounds.

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