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Drop in enrollment leads to District 2 letting a teacher go

Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 8:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:23 p.m. CDT

RICHMOND – Dropping enrollment has caused Richmond and Spring Grove’s elementary school district to trim its staff, its superintendent said.

Enrollment at District 2 has dropped 21.6 percent since the 2005-06 school year when the district hit a peak of 1,601 kindergartners through eighth-graders, according to fall enrollment numbers submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education.

And while the third-grade class will increase to four sections next year, the overall enrollment drop at Spring Grove Elementary led to the honorable dismissal of one teacher, Superintendent Dan Oest said.

The school board approved the staffing changes at its last board meeting.

Shifting course enrollment at District 157, the high-school district that covers the same territory as District 2, has led to the overall decrease of a fifth of a full-time teaching position.

A business teacher was honorably dismissed by the school board because of insufficient student enrollment, Oest said.

An art position also will decrease from one full-time teaching equivalent to three-fifths, which is being accomplished by hiring a part-time replacement for a retiring full-time teacher, he said.

The math department will increase by one full-time position, Oest said. A three-fifths English teaching position will increase to four-fifths by expanding the position of a current teacher.

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