Tonganoxie Tonganoxie schools will be more crowded next year if enrollment projections prove correct and additional teachers are not hired, administrators told the Tonganoxie School Board this week.
Jacki Himpel, district communications specialist, said administrators discussed the need for additional teachers at Monday's board meeting.
The district projects an additional 38 students at the junior high in the coming year, including 18 children moving up from the sixth grade. To keep the class size between 22 and 25 students, Marvin Pine, principal, said the school will need two additional full-time teachers.
High school enrollment is projected to increase by about 23 students, although Lee Smith, principal, said the number could be as high as 32, Himpel said.
About 10 high school teachers of a variety of subjects also teach classes at the junior high school each day, and Smith said those instructors are needed full time at the high school. He also told the board the high school needs an additional teacher and another section each of English, Spanish and study skills.
THE DISTRICT employs Mike Bogart to work half time as associate high school principal and half time as administrative assistant at the board office. Administrators expressed the need for a full time employee in each position.
The board also was told of the need for a full-time elementary school librarian. Himpel said the district librarian currently splits her time between the elementary and junior high schools.
Himpel said the board will consider the requests at the March 9 meeting.
In another matter, the board discussed a petition signed by 100 district patrons opposed to the renovation of West Haven Baptist Church into classroom space, Himpel said.
The project is expected to cost between $175,000 and $200,000, with up to $100,000 coming out of this year's budget. It will provide space for business and technology classes, in addition to either a foreign language or multimedia classroom. Work will get under way in April and should be completed in time for school this fall.
Board members responded to the petition, saying the district already has purchased the property and the church building, located between the high school and the junior high on U.S. Highway 24-40, Himpel said.