As the Lisbon School district is dealing with larger classes, the school is looking to add an additional full time teacher for fifth grade classrooms and a half time instructor for the Lisbon band program.
Superintendent Autumn Pino said the incoming fifth grade class for next year is at more than 52 students.
Elementary principal Justin Brown noted that the incoming fourth grade class has 61 students, the third grade class has 64 students, and the first grade class is currently 47 students. That’s an average of 56 students for each class for the next few years.
The board approved hiring a new fifth grade instructor.
With the Lisbon band program also growing, Pino recommended hiring a half time position to assist Joseph Arch.
Pino noted that choir director Julie Stulken has helped with the increased interest in the music program, but a half time instructor would allow more individualized lessons for students in band.
“It would also help the ratio of students to instructor stop being so outlandish,” Pino said.
School board member Allan Mallie asked if there has been a determination of where the other half time for the instructor would work in the district.
Pino said that is something that the district looks at in the hiring process to see where additional positions are needed.