Staffing concerns expressed for Villa Grove schools

Staffing concerns expressed for Villa Grove schools

VILLA GROVE — In anticipation of a large kindergarten enrollment for next school year, a group of parents is concerned about staffing in those classrooms.

The number of kindergarten classes was reduced last year from three to two, due to budget cuts.

Superintendent Mary Ann Manos told the group that staffing needs were still being evaluated and more details will be available at the end of June. "We're not going to cut costs at the expense of our kindergartners," she said.

Manos said Villa Grove's current projected kindergarten enrollment is approximately 58 students. However, many families typically enroll at the last minute while others decide to opt out of public kindergarten, which is not required by the state.

"We want to do what's best for Villa Grove kids," Manos said. "That's the only thing I have ever heard from the people on this board."

In other news, Manos announced three superintendent roundtable discussions, where residents will each have five minutes to ask questions or make statements on any district issue, including the new sports co-op with Heritage.

All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. The schedule:

— April 30 at the Camargo Community building.

— May 28 at the Villa Grove Senior Center.

— June 25 at The Scoop of Villa Grove.

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