TCU reports enrollment increase

The numbers are in and the Tri-City United School District is showing an increase in enrollment. The figures were released at the regular meeting of the TCU School Board on Monday, Sept. 9.
 
Superintendent Teri Preisler gave the board the enrollment numbers as of that day and compared them to the same time last year. 
 
During their reports on the first week of school, Elementary and Middle School Principals Deb Dwyer (Montgomery) and Dave Dooley (Le Center) both said they have had new enrollments this year. Dooley said he had six, while Dwyer said she had had seven last Thursday alone.
 
Preisler pointed out that some classes are becoming very close to student capacity, notably Lonsdale’s second grade (two classes) being at approximately 30 students in each class. 
 
Board member Jody Baker asked about Le Center’s grade 4, which has also topped out at 61 students for two classes, and what the number is that would force the district to add a third teacher to bring down those numbers.
 
“I don’t think there’s a hard and fast number,” Preisler said. “We have to look at each case and the staff overall.” 
 
Preilser said they are keeping a close watch on the numbers and added that it would be difficult at this time to split up the classes because students have already bonded with their teachers. The district is actively adding support for those teachers, and Preisler said that is going well to help.
 
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The board also heard from high school principal Alan Fitterer who reported a smooth first week of school. He asked the board to close their eyes and think back to a year ago. Things weren’t as smooth for the start of the first TCU year. He said there were people everywhere, contractors, things moving, no copy machine before school started. 
“Jump ahead to this year and it is a more relaxed culture due to not having to rush to get things done,” he said.
Fitterer added that more sections of College in Schools classes are now being offered for college-bound students. He said the Project Lead The Way, while in its infancy, is ready to go. He added that the new lunch program is also working well.
 
“When things like that don’t work well, it ripples throughout the day. We haven’t heard anything,” he said. “Overall the halls have been very quiet. It’s just nice being here a year after the build.”