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Bismarck Public School Classrooms are Filling Up

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Student enrollment numbers continue to rise in Bismarck public schools.
One kindergarten classroom is learning that the letter C is for crowded. 
Courtney Plante reports. 

Nancy Sullivan is in her 13th year of teaching -- her first at Prairie Rose Elementary.
This is her biggest class yet. 

It's a small room for a lot of kids," said Nancy Sullivan, Kindergarten teacher.

25 kindergartners fill up her room each day -- the average size is supposed to be 20. 
Class sizes become larger each year -- most at the elementary level.

"With the additional 80 students compared to the projections this time last year. You see growth across all grade levels, but kindergarten definitely being the most predominant," said Fran Rodenburg, Elementary Assistant Superintendent.

Rodenburg says they are looking to hire 12-17 new teachers -- just at the K-5 level.
Prairie Rose principal Brenda Beiswenger says they could use the extra help.

"I always support having more teachers because that is always a benefit for kids," said Brendan Beiswenger, principal.

Sullivan is the only kindergarten teacher at Prairie Rose. 
She enjoys all the kids, but says larger classes make it difficult to adjust for each student.

"They're very inspirational, very motivated to learn. It makes it a lot easier, but they certainly have their needs too that need to be met," said Nancy Sullivan, Kindergarten teacher.

The use of small group projects helps meet those needs. 

"We work on focusing techniques, brain movement and just make sure they are moving their bodies," said Nancy Sullivan, Kindergarten teacher.

A full-time aide assists with all the moving around Sullivan does -- but she says a new teacher would help even more. 

Reporting in Bismarck for KX News, I'm Courtney Plante.

Rodenburg says last year students from 39 states and 6 countries enrolled in the public schools. 


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