Gering schools may reduce teachers in lower grades

(Gering Superintendent Don Hague)

The Gering school district may have three fewer elementary teachers in the lower grades next year due to a change in state law. Superintendent Don Hague told KNEB News the change means the state will not be providing districts additional funds for low class sizes in grades K-3.

Hague says with three staff resignations in the lower grades, the district is considering operating with one less teacher in the first, second, and third grades, and slightly increasing the class sizes from 20 to 25.

Hague says the district estimates it will save approximately $215,000 in salaries and benefits if they don't replace the teachers. He says the recommendation will be made to the members of the School Board's Personnel Committee, who along with new superintendent Bob Hastings will make the ultimate decision.

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