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Grand Island Schools likely to hire teacher

Updated: 07/15/08 6:52 AM

The Grand Island Central School District will likely hire an additional third-grade teacher at Huth Road Elementary School for the upcoming school year, relieving concerns about overcrowding.

Superintendent Robert Christmann said Monday that as of that morning, third-grade classes at the Huth Road school had an average enrollment higher than the district’s maximum guideline of 26 pupils.

Assuming the numbers stay the same, Christmann said, he will recommend the Grand Island School Board approve the hiring of an additional full-time teacher later this month.

Parents of incoming third-grade pupils had addressed the board at its June 9 meeting about class sizes, concerned about maintaining standards.

The district is also looking to fill a vacant period of music instruction at its high school, following the resignation of a part-time instructor at the end of the year.

Christmann said the instructor found full-time em ployment. He said the board would decide how to fill all empty instruction classes before the start of school.

Also on Monday, Board Vice President James Hanna submitted his resignation, effective immediately, as he had accepted a job based in southern Pennsylvania. “It has been a privilege and an honor to have served for the past two years with people of great dedication, caring, and integrity,” Hanna said, reading from his resignation letter. “I apologize that I will not be able to serve the remainder of my term.”

Board President Richard Little Jr. said he expected the board to appoint a board member for the remainder of Hanna’s term, which expires in June 2009. Board member Neil Seaman was elected vice president at Monday’s meeting.