A special Hortonville School Board meeting Monday, Jan. 5 dealt with time sensitive matters.
A recommendation was made by Hortonville Elementary School Principal Larry Sikowski to hire a full time instructional aide to support first grade students at the school. This position was not to exceed 29 hours per week.
Sikowski said that an instructional aide is the best immediate solution to answering the need for an additional first grade classroom. He said that it would be too disruptive to pull a number of students from their established classrooms to create a new class. He added that, at present, all classrooms at the school were occupied.
Board member Craig Dreier asked how the grade school could be full when the school had just added space.
“We received a computer lab and two additional rooms are being used for language instruction,” Sikowski told the board.
He explained that fourth grade enrollment numbers grew over the summer, reclaiming a vacant classroom.
Dreier said the next question was where to get the money.
District Administrator Dr. Heidi Schmidt said she would contact Dave Wuebben, director of business services. He could tell her if the new school budget, approved in October, had been sent out yet. If the budget is sent, the board will have to look elsewhere for the money.
The motion for hire was approved by the board.