OUR VIEW: Adding teachers is refreshing news

By Daily News • Last Updated 11:29 am on Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Greenville Public Schools recently announced that they would be hiring additional teachers for early elementary classrooms. In these days of almost universal shortages in K-12 schools funding, just the idea of adding teachers to the system sounds like good news. This move points to a district that is not hunkering down and just hanging on, but one that is moving carefully but confidently forward.

Classroom crowding, especially in the earliest years of learning in a highly social environment undoubtedly places an extra burden on teachers trying to give each child enough individual attention.

The added personnel will require some re-tuning of the budget; a task for the administrative staff.
According to Superintendent Pete Haines, the issue cannot be completely resolved until Michigan’s legislators have finalized their budget. In any case, the “highest priority” in Greenville’s budget will be the quality of classroom education.

Reflect a minute on this:

At a time when some school districts are virtually shutting down, Greenville is adding teachers and reducing class sizes.

An impressive athletic complex second to none is taking shape just west of the middle and high schools on Hillcrest. Even more improvements are scheduled for many parts of the buildings.

Greenville’s youngsters are about to be immersed in a new Chinese language program. Given the undeniable future they are growing into, the program is the very definition of prescience. We’re told the classes are filling up fast, and there’s a limit to how many can enroll. If your child is eligible, better sign up soon.

We as citizens should be thankful for this. We have a school system on solid financial ground, with management and staff moving in the same direction … the right one. The credit belongs to everyone in the school system as well as the citizens of the district.

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