Clarksburg Elementary hires second kindergarten teacher after parents express concerns about class size


CLARKSBURG -- Clarksburg Elementary School has hired a second full-time kindergarten teacher.

The hire was in response to concerns from a dozen parents about the size of the school's single kindergarten classroom, which grew to 24 students this year.

Principal Linda Reardon recently told the School Committee that the new pair of kindergarten classes just launched.

"Parents got the opportunity to meet the teachers last week," she said. "I think it's going quite well."

Sixteen students remain with their original teacher, Kathy Howe, and eight were placed with the new teacher, Mary Quinto.

The second classroom is in a space that had been used for occupational and physical therapy programs, which were relocated to a teacher workroom.

Superintendent Jon Lev previously explained the class couldn't be split in half because of space constraints in the school.

Parent Michelle Nicholas thanked School Committee members for their "swift action" after parents voiced their concern.

"I think it's a very positive move for the students in the kindergarten class," she said.


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