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Classes bursting at seams in Greencastle-Antrim school district

Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover said that last year the district grew and this year will be close to the biggest growth year ever

August 27, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — It’s a boom year for class sizes in the Greencastle-Antrim school district, according to Superintendent C. Gregory Hoover.

“If the numbers hold true this year, we will be close to the biggest growth year ever” (in the district’s history), Hoover said Monday.

While school officials were anticipating 3,100 students, Hoover said they won’t have an accurate count until they do a three-day tally on Wednesday.

But classes are bursting at the seams.

“We are running out of room and trying to make ends meet with the budget,” Hoover said.

There are 22 students in kindergarten classes, while some classrooms in fifth through eighth grades are near 30, Hoover said.

The high school also is experiencing a class-size crunch in certain courses.

Hoover said high school algebra classes have about 30 students.

The 2010-11 school year was the first time in 20 years that the district did not see an increase, Hoover has said.

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Hoover said that last year the district grew and this year will be close to the biggest growth year ever.

“Were making the best of a challenging situation. I know our staff will make it work,” Hoover said. “It’s probably not an ideal situation, but it is a reality. The truth of it is we don’t really see it going away.”

Despite the increase in students, Hoover said the first day went smoothly.

“Things went really well. We always have transportation problems getting the little kids on the bus. But, it was just a great day,” he said.

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