Killdeer principal planning to adapt for wave of growth

There will be some changes at Killdeer Public School.

Principal Karter Kleeman even warned the Killdeer School Board ahead of time.

By Brad Mosher

The Herald

“Brace yourselves. I have got a lot,” he said at the Jan. 9 board meeting.

“I have gotten a little creative with some of our classrooms,” Kleeman told the board.

He said that they need to be creative in order to survive the surging enrollment which has already had an impact on the school.

The high school principal got approval from the school board to try something new in an effort to get a handle on the student growth that is swamping the school facilities.

There is growth coming towards the secondary students and classrooms that is forcing the school to make changes, not only in curriculum, but in teachers and availability of resources and classrooms, Kleeman told the school board.

The Killdeer Public School has a student population of 372, as of Jan. 9. There are 44 students in the Pre-K class, 46 in Kindergarten, 51 in first grade, 57 in second grade, 43 in third grade, 40 in the fourth grade, 50 in the fifth grade and 41 in the sixth grade.

The number does not include six new students the district is waiting for paperwork on, according to the elementary principal, Andrew Cook.

Kleeman explained to the board that not only does the school need to prepare for the curriculum needs of the students, but also for the availability of classroom space and teachers.

“We are at 223 students right now with 115 boys and 111 girls. They were at 201,” he said.

According to the plan proposed by Kleeman, the district need to start making changes with the next school year to meet the needs and the grow, as well as the changes which a new school will create if it is built by 2020.

“Next year, we can start transitioning  some of our classes into three sections. What that means is there is a increasing need for teachers.

“Right now, we have two Math 7s, two Math 8s, two Algebra 1s and so one…,” he explained to the board. That is also the same with other required courses, such as English.

“Both the English and the Math we would have a need for full-time teachers in those areas.

“In Science, a third teacher would have additional science classes that students could almost take as an elective or extra science classes. If those teachers are credentialed in other areas, they could teach in areas such as health,” the principal explained.

“I have a science teacher right now who is interested in coming here,” Kleeman said. “She would want to teach a majority science classes and would be willing to pick up a couple of AG classes. It is the same thing with social studies. I have somebody who would like to come here and would like to teach four sections of history. That would leave open two sections, but she would be willing to do sections of Ag as well, without our needing to pick up a second full-time Ag teacher as well.”

“In English and Math, we have a need for full time teachers in those areas.

“As we transition into the new building, or staying in this building as we continue to grow, maybe the teachers will transiition into full-time science and full-time history,” he said.


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