by Mike Knaak
The start and end times for next year’s classes as well as the number of sections of each class and class sizes were approved by the Sartell-St. Stephen school board at its March 23 meeting.
When school starts next year, the last step in the district’s massive building and class realignment takes place.
When school starts in the fall, the number of teachers and specialists will increase by 12.37 full-time equivalent positions. Six of those positions are new classroom teachers in grades kindergarten through five. There will be an increase of 4.35 special education positions. Class sizes will be smaller than the last two school years because of the levy passed past year.
Oak Ridge Early Learning Center will serve 400 to 450 students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. There will be five sections of up to 12 3- and 4-year-olds that meet two days a week. There will be two sections of up to 16 4- and 5-year-olds that will meet three days a week. Eight sections of up to 16 4- and 5-year-olds will meet five days a week. There will be 15 sections of kindergarten with class sizes of 20 to 21 students.
Student start time will be 8 a.m. and the school day will end at 2:30 p.m. Jason Mielke will be the principal.
At Pine Meadow Primary School, there will be 14 sections of first graders and 13 sections of second graders with a class sizes of about 22 students. Start time will be 7:50 a.m. and the school day will end at 2:20 p.m.
Sara Nelson will be the principal for the building of about 604 students.
At Riverview Intermediate School (the former middle school) there with be 12 sections of third, fourth and fifth graders. Class size will be about 25 students in the school of 925 students. Start time will be 8:10 a.m. and the school day will end at 2:40 p.m.
Zachary Dingmann will be the principal.
At Sartell Middle School (the remodeled former high school), Principal Laura Arndt will welcome 975 students.
There will be 12 sections each of sixth, seventh and eighth grades with between 25 and 27 students per class. Start time will be 8:50 a.m. and the school day will end at 3:35 p.m.
At Sartell High School, there will be 1,375 students in grades nine through 12. The district expects 363 ninth graders, 364 10th graders, 328 11th graders and 330 12th graders. Start time will be 8:55 a.m. and the school day will end at 3:40 p.m.
At all schools, buses will arrive 10 minutes earlier than start times and leave 10 minutes after the school day ends.