Two school years after the Clay Center Public School building was thinned down to just an elementary school with the district’s merger with South Central Unified School District No. 5, the Clay Center facility will again experience a reduction in students, as three grade levels shift to the main Sandy Creek site this year.
“The main reason for moving those classes is that we’re small in those sections,” district Superintendent Dr. Randall Gilson said. “But in moving them, we still have class sizes under 18 – under 20 for sure.”
Grades two, three and five will move to the Sandy Creek building, while kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade and sixth grade will remain in Clay Center.
The shuffling of classes from the Clay Center building to the Sandy Creek site became possible with three retirements last year. District administration and the board of education decided to not rehire those positions, and instead shift resources to accommodate the changes.
To read the full story, see this week's issue of the Clay County News (8/15/12)