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August 21, 2013

A new beginning

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"I just see all positive things, especially the learning communities," she said. "The teachers can plan and be around several kids, rather than one to two."

Each grade is separated into its own pod with eight classrooms in each pod.

"It's nice for special ed because I don't have to run around and figure out where all my kids are," she said. "And say second-graders, who might be nervous, they won't even see the fifth-graders that often. Each grade is its own little family."

While the focus has been on Liberty, Eidahl said the district's other schools started off the year in good shape, too.

"Today is the true test as far as actual students in the seats," he said. "You can have class lists and we can look at class numbers as far as class size, but you'll never know for sure until there's an actual individual in that seat."

There were a few surprises in this year's rosters. James and Wilson Elementary Schools both saw spikes in their kindergarten numbers.

"They have a few more kids than what we were expecting, which is a good thing, but in the same light we want to maintain optimal class size," he said. "Sometimes families move into the community over the summer and they'll wait until school starts to register."

 

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