Baldwin The Baldwin School Board on Monday approved a new sixth-grade teaching position at Baldwin Junior High School.
Supt. Bert Hitchcock said that the position was created in anticipation of a boom in sixth-grade enrollments.
Hitchcock said the district now has 81 fifth-grade students at its three elementary schools in Baldwin, Marion Springs and Vinland. Also, the Baldwin Junior High School, which houses the district's sixth grade, currently has only three sixth-grade classes, Hitchcock said.
A fourth sixth-grade class is needed to hold the number of students in each class to a manageable number, he said.
Hitchcock said the district's growth at the sixth-grade level was obvious from the sharp increase in the number of students throughout the year. The district started the school year with only 68 sixth-graders, he said.
This is not the first time special arrangement have had to be made for the district's sixth-grade class, he said. Last year, a fourth class was added to accommodate the 80 sixth grade students coming in from the elementary schools but was dropped when the number tailed off to 68, he said.
Since the number of classes was scaled back to three this year and enrollment grew rapidly during the year, the district hired a full-time teacher's aide for the sixth-grade classes, he said.
The number of students at other levels also is on the rise, he said.