"We need to staff what we need," McDonald said. He feels it might also be time to cut the number of electives offered in the high school.
"I think it's worth working on," McDonald said.
Budgeting will be tougher this year, as Flack expects the district to have a net loss of 46 students enrolled, with 70 fewer in the seats. (Others are counted for Knoxville if they open-enroll to other schools. Look for more on enrollment in a related article.)
As for the elementary schools, Northstar Principal John Keitges said he and West Elementary Principal Mike Montgomery try to keep the number of students per section in kindergarten through second grade as small as possible. More sections are created for younger children, and there are no more rooms available at West or Northstar.
The elementary schools have also had a reading specialist available in recent years, following the passage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which paid the costs of this position. ARRA funds are gone.
"That will be a tough loss," Keitges said.
Look for more on the school board in the Oct. 12 Journal-Express.