More than 100 students from outside the district are transferring to Kokomo-Center Schools next year — forcing the corporation to add more staff, officials announced this week.
KCS Superintendent Jeff Hauswald said the district hired seven elementary school teachers and two Spanish teachers for next year.
Four of those were the last remaining elementary school teachers on the corporation’s recall list.
The new positions were created based on student demand, Hauswald said.
More than 75 students from outside the district will be attending the integrated arts school at Wallace next year, Hauswald said, and another 25 students will be going to the International schools at Lafayette Park and Sycamore.
“Our new programs and choices for parents are creating unique learning opportunities for students while creating additional sections in these programs,” the superintendent said. “That demand has led to an increase in the overall number of staff members needed for next school year. I believe this is confirmation that Kokomo-Center is better meeting the needs of our community.”
The Spanish teachers were hired because the International School program is expanding, and more students in kindergarten to eighth grades are taking Spanish classes, said Dave Barnes, KCS communications director.
One Spanish teacher will work at the International School at Central Middle School. The other will work with the International schools at Lafayette Park and Sycamore and with the Wallace School of Integrated Arts, Barnes said.
Barnes said the district hired three Butler University graduates to teach at Wallace next year, too. He said Butler has a teaching program tailored specifically to integrated arts schools.
Demand at Wallace far outpaced anyone’s expectations, Barnes said.
The district had to add a second kindergarten class at the school and held a lottery to see which students got in, Barnes said. Nearly 100 students still remain on a waiting list.