Carlock Won't Blend Classes This Year

Published 08/08 2014 04:51PM

Updated 08/08 2014 06:17PM

CARLOCK - With the school year less than two weeks away, Carlock Elementary School is looking for another teacher. Despite declining enrollment and a tight budget, the district has decided blended classrooms won't be reality, at least this year.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel said it was too soon, and there wasn't enough time to make such a big decision.

"We really wanted to have time for the teachers to feel comfortable, the parents to feel as if we've had proper training,” explained Daniel.

About two weeks ago, the school board was debating whether a tight budget, plus a limited enrollment could equal one big class instead of two for the youngest students at Carlock Elementary School.

But for another year, these classrooms will have full-time teachers for both its kindergarten and first grade sections. So, the issue will be finding a teacher to finish filling up this room, while sticking within the current budget.

"We are looking at our current numbers and hopefully we'll find that within our own current organization,” said Daniel.

Right now, Daniel says the district is evaluating enrollment figures and trends to determine the next best step for the small school, to grow or sustain it in the future. At this time, he says all options are on the table.

"Are there other schools similar to Carlock that we can visit? What are best practices and how are they doing it? So, that takes time and there are the data points from which we'll spring," said Daniel.

The district will start looking at its long-term plan for Carlock in September. The goal is to have that ready by some time in January.

Although the numbers are not yet final, Unit Five says there are about 30 students registered in kindergarten and first grade at Carlock.

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