Laurel schools kick off a new school year

Thursday, September 1, 2022
Fred Graff Elementary principal Lynne Peterson gets a big hug from student arriving for her first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year.

Fred Graff Elementary principal Lynne Peterson gets a big hug from student arriving for her first day of school for the 2022-2023 school year.

Kingston Farnsworth is all smiles as his mother, Lindsey Farnsworth drops him off for his first day of school at Graff Elementary. Outlook photo by Mary Lou Batalden

Kingston Farnsworth is all smiles as his mother, Lindsey Farnsworth drops him off for his first day of school at Graff Elementary. Outlook photo by Mary Lou Batalden

Laurel students returned to the classroom last week, filling the halls at Laurel’s five school buildings.

Laurel School Superintendent Matt Torix visited all of the schools twice during the short week, greeting students and staff. The kindergarten classrooms are big with 138 students spread over six classrooms so a seventh kindergarten teacher is being hired so Laurel can keep the class sizes within state standards of no more than 20 students per kindergarten class.

The Laurel School Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday at noon to approve the hiring of a new kindergarten teacher and a school bus driver. The Laurel School District continues to recruit bus drivers. Torix said the school year started with five drivers and they would like to hire six or seven additional drivers.

“That would allow us to pick up students in town,” Torix said.

School enrollment numbers were not available by press time. Torix said the district has 137 certified staff and a total of 475 employees, which includes teachers, staff members, coaches and substitutes.

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