An interesting letter came home in Peter's backpack yesterday.
It seems that all four Kindergarten classes are at or over the North Carolina state law limit of 23 children. So the principal is in the process of hiring a new teacher and when the kids get back from winter break there will be five Kindergarten classes instead of four.
How exciting for the kids! And of course I say that with my tongue gouging out of my cheek.
They will be taking 4-6 kids out of each of the existing classes and putting them in the new class.
We don't know yet which kids will be uprooted from their current class and placed in the new class.
We don't know who the new teacher will be. I can only imagine that there are large numbers of excellent teachers to hire from in the middle of the school year. (I hope I'm wrong.)
I'm not even sure where the actually fifth classroom is going to be.
The only positive out of this whole mess is that all of the classes will be smaller and each child will theoretically receive a better education.
I just want to know why they didn't plan for this before now. Last year there were 5 Kindergarten classes. Why didn't they just keep 5 Kindergarten classes this year expecting that new kids would join raising them up to their limit?
I am sure the school was trying to save money. But it seems to me it was at the expense of at bunch of unsuspecting 5-year-olds.
Peter is not happy about this potential change and neither am I. I am trying to keep an open mind and I'm praying for the best possible outcome for Peter.
But why do I find myself Googling "Homeschooling" more and more these days?