continued “From carburetors to advanced physics, they ought to find something that interests them,” said board member Jerry Blair. “That’s what colleges are looking for and that’s the way new careers have been going.”
“It’s an invaluable experience,” said board Secretary Jill Cardinale Seeger. “Every senior should know how to take an online course and feel comfortable with it.”
Richards said the decision to cut the elementary school teacher’s job is based on projected enrollment figures. Richards said the grade has about 44 students and is currently staffed by three teachers.
When questioned about enrollment figures by the board, Richards said the district loses about 10 students a year. The District’s enrollment peaked at 947 students in 1999; Richards said that figure dropped as low as 701 this school year and that he hopes expanded online course offerings will help stem the number of students leaving the school system.