So I was surprised by the influx of kindergarteners in the schools this year - looks like they will need 2 extra classes in the fall. Wonder why so many this year? Is it the free K incentive (I know other towns are charging 4k) is it the new developments near Oak Grove? More young families moving into town? Is it the improved MCAS results in the elementary schools? Are there less kids going to the charter school? Anyone have any idea?
It is the amount of all the new families moving into Melrose, which is a nice thing. The numbers in kindergarten have never been higher. I heard rumblings that paras in kindergarten are being let go due to a grant that the city will not be receiving. Also, I heard only one new classroom was approved. Larger class sizes, no paras! Make any sense to you??????
Seven fewer paras in K means some classrooms without a para in K. Also, check your facts. Enrollment is huge for next September!!!!!
I think they are reinstating the para money in the school budget. And true to MelroseMessages, you indicate that the. Elementary Schools are failing by focusing on the one school that has done worse instead of the. 4 schools that have improved. The elementary schools are improving, but whether or not that is why more kindergarteners are registered, or if it is just a demographic blip, I don't know.
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