Conneaut approves kindergarten hirings

Conneaut School Board members, reacting to work session pleas of several kindergarten mothers regarding the large number of students in the classes, approved the creation of four instructional aide positions - two at Conneaut Lake and two at Conneaut Valley - for the purpose of providing assistance in kindergarten classes.

The two positions at each school will split time among the three classes at each school as class numbers range from 23 - 25.

The work session speakers spoke to their concerns of the numbers being a real challenge to the teachers and in some cases, being told the students were 10 days behind in their instructions.

The vote to create the positions was 8-0 with Cheryl Krachkowski absent. The others present and voting were Brian Boyce, John Burnham, Don Ellis, Jr., Kathy Klink, Dot Luckock, Jody Sperry, Dr. Walt Thomas, and David Schaef.

The cost of hiring the aides is being figured at about $75,000 which is less than adding two teachers and going from 3 classrooms in each building to 4. That cost would have come in at about $200,000.

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