Kindergarten Class Size at Mason, Poupard Under Review
Grosse Pointe Public School officials are monitoring the class sizes of kindergartners at Mason and Poupard elementary schools after seeing a quick increase in enrollment in the last few days.
Grosse Pointe Public School officials have added assistants to the kindergarten classrooms at Mason and Poupard elementaries to help teachers after receiving a sudden push in enrollment, according to information released by District Spokeswoman Rebecca Fannon.
The district has long determined staffing based on enrollment, which can change even into the school year. Enrollments completed in the last few days have caused increases to the classroom sizes at both schools, Fannon said via email.
District officials are closely monitoring the classroom sizes at both elementaries and will continue to do so next week as students report for their first day of school.
Assistants have been added to both buildings to provide additional support to the kindergarten classrooms, Fannon said.
The district is continually reviewing classroom size, even in the middle of the school year to ensure each student receives a quality education, she said.
Kindergarten is the hardest class to plan for staffing-wise because the students are not already in the system, so estimating enrollment is more difficult than for any other grade.
This year, kindergarten enrollments happened much later than typical to the point the district tried to spread the word within the community to enable proper staffing decisions.
If classroom sizes to reach a point that district officials feel merits a change, it will be done, Fannon said.