Virginia School District Accommodates Enrollment Increase

By KBJR News 1

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 8:16 AM CST

Virginia, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The sounds of students laughing and playing at recess are back as the 2013/2014 school year kicked off.

"It's exciting to see the enthusiasm of both the students and the staff. It's contagious," said Kathy Seppala, a kindergarten teacher at Parkview Elementary.

With enrollment numbers climbing over the last few years, the schools have made changes, to keep class sizes at around 20 kids per class.

"This year what we did was we sent our third graders over to the Roosevelt building," said Michael Krebsbach, principal at Parkview Elementary.

Krebsbach says that the increase is due to the districts open enrollment policy.

"We care about kids, we care about families, and I think people in the community and the outlying communities recognize that, and they choose to send their kids here," said Krebsbach.

Although there is an increase in enrollment, teachers and administrators say that the problem is a good one.

"When we have an increase in enrollment we can offer more programs at our high school... it just gives more opportunities for children," said Ann Tieberg, a first grade teacher at Parkview.

Beth Spelts, a kindergarten teacher from the school says that increased enrollment is the best kind of issue to have.

"We're just really grateful to be able to touch so many children and families lives," said Spelts.

Classes in the Superior School District begin on Wednesday and on Thursday in the Duluth District.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com