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Huron Elementary Schools Almost Full

February 20, 2008, 8:29 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Huron Elementary Schools Almost Full
Enrollment numbers keep going up and the Huron School District is trying to keep up with the changes. The district has four elementary schools, and three are at capacity. With the rate the student population is increasing, that could be full soon too. 

"Well it's definitely a good thing but with any change you're going to have those growing pains, those things you have to get over or you have to learn to deal with," Tammie Musil said. 

There are several challenges for 5th grade teacher Mrs. Musil, and most center on larger class sizes. She says she can do her job best with about 20 students at a time. 

"Right now, all the 5th grade classrooms in Huron are very full. They're up to 25 and more," Musil said. 

And with the student population increasing like this, it could soon outgrow the buildings. 

"We'd probably be looking at some kind of building project, perhaps adding on to additional elementary schools, perhaps adding on to the middle school," Superintendent Randall Zitterkopf said. 

For now, the district is looking at ways to use any extra space it has but that could be filled up in the next three to five years. Still, the district isn't complaining. 

"It's a lot better to work with increasing enrollments and have problems with growth than have problems associated with decline," Zitterkopf said. 

Musil agrees with that, even if it makes her job a little harder. 

"It does change what you do and how you prepare," Musil said. 

The district closed an elementary school when enrollment was down several years. The superintendent says it's looking into using space there as well but the community Head Start program is using it now.

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