The Pryor Times

August 22, 2013

K-4 waiting list isn’t

Staff Writer
Susan Wagoner

— Locust Grove Superintendent David Cash the waiting list for K-4 students after parents voiced concern.

So far, there are 80 students enrolled in four existing K-4 classes.

“K-4 is not part of the required curriculum,” Cash said. “It’s a pre-school class that is an option for parents.”

Cash said the term “waiting list” doesn’t mean the student will not be placed.

“The decision to place a student on a temporary waiting list is with the student in mind,” Cash said.

He explained that four-year olds are entering a school environment for the first time. “They quickly become adapted to the teacher and other students and as always in the beginning of a new school year, the first two weeks kids can be shuffled around to best meet the needs of both the student and the teacher / student ratio,” he said. “We don’t want to move them around and cause undue anxiety for the student.”

Cash said if a list has two or three names, the school system can’t justify hiring another teacher to make a fifth class, but that the students will be placed in an existing class after adjustments are made.

“If there are nine or 10, we would hire another teacher,” Cash said.

The Locust Grove school system presents parents with several opportunities for early enrollment beginning in the spring.

“Early enrollment is crucial because we can see the need and accomodate it prior to classes beginning,” he said.

Cash said there is open enrollment every school day from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Enrollment Center located at 302 E. Joe Koelsch Dr.

As of Monday, no students were on the K-4 list. Classes begin in Locust Grove today.