Greensburg-Salem enrollment rises modestly
Greensburg Salem began classes this school year with about 50 more students than a year ago, the district superintendent told school directors on Wednesday.
A total of 2,926 students walked through classroom doors when school started Aug. 28, Eileen Amato said.
“We had a very, very positive start to the school year this year,” she added.
The district's official enrollment will be set Oct. 1 as part of reporting requirements for the state.
The number of students in classes in elementary schools are down since last school year, when as many as 30 children were in some classes, Amato said.
Over the past few months, parents expressed concerns to directors about the effects the high numbers could have on their children's education and the demands placed on their teachers.
In August, directors hired another first-grade teacher for Amos K. Hutchinson Elementary School and a physical education teacher at the middle school to ease overcrowding. Administrators had requested directors make the hirings.
“Our classes are full. They're not really overcrowded this year,” Amato told directors.
Most elementary classes have student numbers in the 20s, she said. More than 30 students are in a few classes at the high school, Amato added.
In particular, administrators had said they want to keep class size in the low 20s for kindergarten through third-grade classes.
Research shows that keeping classroom numbers low is especially important in those primary grades because a great deal of learning occurs then, especially in reading, they said.
There were a few “little glitches here and there” with bus routes, Amato said.
Ken Bissell, coordinator of secondary education, described the first days of school as running smoothly.
“We had no real problems the first couple days, even with scheduling,” Bissell said, noting scheduling often can present difficulties.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.