Enrolment spike means more teachers in Kamloops schools

A spike in enrolment has School District 73 adding a few more teachers at elementary schools.

School trustees voted unanimously this week to add an additional six classroom teaching positions to address more students in the system.

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Preliminary numbers for September show a net increase in enrolment of 116 students at the elementary level — an additional 132 students above the projected 7,676 in Grades 1 to 7 and a net loss of 16 kindergarten students below an expected 1,053 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Rob Schoen, assistant superintendent for elementary schools, said the elementary schools impacted by the increases are Pacific Way, McGowan Park, Arthur Hatton, Sun Peaks, Marion Schilling and Raft River.

Superintendent Alison Sidow said the additional enrolment will cover the cost of the teachers.

The board approved the request without any discussion.

Trustee Shelley Sim was not in attendance for the vote as she is a member of the District of Clearwater’s council and was attending a meeting in that community.

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