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Crosslake School: School board sets enrollment limits for 2019-20 school year

The Crosslake Community School Board approved an enrollment limit of 19 students per grade level for the 2019-20 school year during its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 11.

Echo Journal file photo.
Echo Journal file photo

The Crosslake Community School Board approved an enrollment limit of 19 students per grade level for the 2019-20 school year during its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 11.

The board agreed to set the enrollment limit at 19 for all grade levels, but "unique and compelling circumstances could allow the director to exceed the limit in a grade level without extra approval from the board."

Previously, the rules required the school's director to call an emergency board meeting if they wished to add a single student beyond the preset class size or grade level limit. Circumstances in the past have included short-term students, overlap between a new student enrolling and a current student leaving, or a family trying to keep their children together at the same school.

This new policy gives Director Todd Lyscio, or any future director, the discretion to evaluate such unique circumstances and approve enrollment of a student above the 19-student mark if he deems it appropriate without calling on the board every time.

Board Chair Lori Scharenbroich said she has confidence that Lyscio will respect the board's desire to keep class sizes small and use this discretion responsibly. Board members agreed that they trust Lyscio to make smart decisions that will not put too much strain on the school.

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There has been some confusion in the past about enrollment limits. Because classes at CCS are multi-grade, a limit on grade-level enrollment is not the same as a class-size limit. There is no guarantee that an equal number of students from each grade will enroll for any given year to balance the class demographics, so the board needed a policy that accounted for that variance.

Board members agreed they did not want class sizes to exceed 20 students. By keeping the grade-level limit at 19, there is some flexibility for Lyscio to use the new policy to place an additional student in any given grade while still keeping the corresponding class total at or below 20.

In other business Monday, the board:

• Discussed plans for Crosslake's St. Patrick's Day celebration. The board made a few recommendations for ways the school can participate that will be finalized later.

• Acknowledged the graduation of five students after fall semester. The school did not hold an official ceremony for the graduates in the off-season.

Related Topics: CROSSLAKESCHOOL BOARD
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