A relatively large kindergarten class is expected to walk the hallways at St. Clair Elementary School when school resumes in August.
According to enrollment trends provided by the St. Clair district, the 180 or so kindergartners expected to begin the academic year in August should be the third-largest of the 13 classes this fall and the largest since 2005-06.
The 180 kindergartners entering the R-XIII school district combined with one of the smallest high school graduating classes in 2012 actually leads to a projection of increased overall enrollment of about 20 students.
Assistant Superintendent Nadine Myers, who was St. Clair Elementary’s principal this past academic year, deferred comment on the large kindergarten class to new Principal Steve Weeks.
Weeks, however, was not available for comment.
In May, 138 St. Clair High School seniors earned diplomas. Senior class enrollment was listed at 158 for the just-finished school year.
The largest class in the R-XIII district this fall should be the sophomores with a projected enrollment of 194. Next comes the eighth-grade class at 183.
Following the kindergartners, first-graders and the freshman class are listed at 178 each.
The smallest expected class is fourth-graders at 120. Next are second-graders at 130.
Total enrollment in St. Clair R-XIII is projected to be 2,176.
The building breakdown is 488 students at the elementary school in kindergarten through second grade, 463 at Edgar Murray Elementary for grades three through five, 504 at the junior high for grades six through eight and 721 at the high school for ninth- through 12th-graders.
The average class size as 2013-14 gets under way is 167 students.
As far as teachers and other educators, 200 are expected to be employed by the district from kindergarten through 12th grade. They break down per building with 51 at St. Clair Elementary, 43 at Edgar Murray, 39 at the junior high and 67 at the high school.
Each grade level has at least six teachers with freshmen and sophomores having the most with 11. All grade levels except second grade (three) have two special education teachers and the number of support services teachers is one higher at each grade level.
As far as teacher assistants and paraprofessionals, grade levels either have one, two, three of four of them.
The educator breakdown is 107 regular teachers, 27 special education teachers, 40 support services teachers and 26 teacher assistants or paraprofessionals.
The starting salary for a regular full-time teacher in St. Clair R-XIII this fall is $31,500.
There are 24 regular teachers at St. Clair Elementary, 22 at Edgar Murray, 21 at St. Clair Junior High and 42 at SCHS, district information shows.
With 2,176 students and 107 regular teachers, the student-teacher ratio is about 20 to 1. Adding in the special ed, support services and assistants and paras, the ratio drops to about 11 to 1.
St. Clair finished summer school at the end of June. The first day of classes is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Last month, the St. Clair R-XIII School District Board of Education passed a $21.58 million budget for 2013-14.