Enrollment in the Lonedell R-XIV School District should be about the same from this coming year to the previous year, according to estimates from the superintendent’s office.
In all, projected enrollment for the kindergarten through eighth-grade school is 306 this fall compared to 308 a year ago.
The largest classes are expected to be fourth and fifth grades with 38 pupils each. During 2012-13, the eighth-grade class was the largest at 40.
Unlike its sister district in St. Clair, however, Lonedell’s kindergarten class is projected to be one of the smallest in the school.
The R-XIII school district’s enrollment trends estimates one of its largest kindergarten classes in several years this fall.
Lonedell’s smallest class is expected to be seventh grade with 26 students. Kindergarten and second grade then check in at 31 each.
In between will be 33 first-graders.
Other projected grade numbers in Lonedell are 37 eighth-graders and 36 third- and sixth-graders.
Lonedell will continue to employ 22 full-time regular education teachers.
Superintendent Jen Ulrich said each grade level has two full-time teachers while four others handle the arts and other duties.
In addition, there are four special education teachers and six others, including paraprofessionals.
The school’s projections equate to a 17-to-1 student to teacher ratio if only the actual grade-level instructors are counted and a 14-to-1 ratio if the other four full-timers are included.
The starting salary for a regular full-time teacher in Lonedell R-XIV this fall is $30,000.
Lonedell finished summer school at the end of June. The first day of classes is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Last month, the Lonedell R-XIV School District Board of Education passed a $4.828 million budget for 2013-14.