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Benson OKs max levy, talks with parents of fourth-graders

DEGRAFF -- The Benson School Board has certified the maximum possible levy for 2011.

The preliminary levy of $1,177,038 is an increase of 5.7 percent over the 2010 levy, according to Superintendent Lee Westrum. The final levy will be certified in December.

The action was taken Monday at the DeGraff Community Center -- the board meets once per year in each of the communities served by the district.

The board also met with a contingent of parents of fourth-grade students, Westrum said. The parents expressed concern regarding the larger class sizes this year.

The district has 56 fourth-graders divided into two sections of 28 students each. The number of students in the class increased from 53 students last year, he said.

Administrators are working to hire another paraprofessional to work with the fourth-grade students, Westrum said.

The district has already hired 1.5 full-time equivalent teacher's assistants to work with second and fourth grades, and be in the fourth-grade classrooms during reading and math instruction.

The additional paraprofessional will provide each classroom one helper per fourth grade section, Westrum said. The board took no action on the matter because none was required.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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