Hampton may hire teachers to cover unexpected student increase

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The Hampton school board said Tuesday night it may need to hire several teachers and paraprofessionals because of an unexpected influx of students.

Total district enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year is 3,117. There were 54 new students added over the summer. Hampton High School accounts for 1,122 of that total, the highest enrollment since Jeffrey Finch became principal.

Middle school Principal Dr. Eric Stennett said there are 21 more students in sixth grade and 10 additional in both seventh and eighth grades. "We haven't had that in 10 years," he said.

Wyland Elementary School has 13 more students than last year. School board member Mary Alice Hennessey pointed out that both second and fifth grade are "maxed out."

This has led to large class sizes at the high school, with 57 classes numbering with more than 30 students.

"We weren't expecting that kind of increase," said Dr. John Hoover, district superintendent.

Lawrence Vasko, the board's finance chairman, said "We have two teacher salaries in reserve," which may lessen any impact on the district's budget.

"We're in the process of sorting things out," Dr. Hoover told the board about the administration. "We'll come back to you next week."

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday.

Rita Michel, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com .


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