Over crowded classrooms have been an issue in Bismarck for the past couple years, but students will soon have some more breathing space.
At some point we all have to deal with "moving day", but Bismarck Public Schools are having a "moving summer" and are maximizing space by reassigning teachers and students.
Superintendent Tamara Uselman explains, "We've had 54 large size or super size elementary classes and we had to staff them with aides or additional teachers. We are getting the classroom size where it should be in the elementary and we're taking that from 54 down to 10. So all that aid and extra teacher positions will be eliminated."
Those teachers will be going to new schools.
Uselman adds, "We know class size ratio is pretty key, but rather than focusing only on class size ratio, we always look back and find where can we find more efficiency and we've done that. We're opening 3 new schools and really have only gotten permission to hire five new teachers for those new schools."
She says that number could change if a lot more students enroll between now and August.
There have also been administration changes.
Uselman explains, "Riverside has joined Moses. That principal has gone to Moses and the Moses children will know their principal, and then Mr. Oban is being the principal for both Highland Acres and Roosevelt."
She says moving sixth graders has freed up space for the elementary schools.
"We had 43 sixth grade sections across the district. When we rolled them up to middle school, it went down to 36."
She says due to redistricting the need for busing also seems to have gone down, but asks parents to sign their children up for that service if they haven't done so yet.
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