District News

New grade configurations coming for 2016-2017

Posted on: February 18, 2016

Continuing growth in enrollment at Little Miami prompted the Board of Education recently to approve a plan to help ease crowding of the district's youngest students for the next school year.

For the 2016-2017 school year, all of Little Miami's preschool and kindergarten students will be relocated to the portion of Salem Township Elementary that currently houses first and second grades. Harlan-Butlerville and Hamilton-Maineville Elementary Schools will become first and second grade buildings only. The Board approved this plan at its January meeting.

Over the last three years, Little Miami has grown by nearly 200 students per year, with current enrollment hovering around 4,480 students. Current classroom capacity across the district's six buildings is 4,950 seats. With the district's burgeoning enrollment and new home construction ramping up around the district, administrators knew that measures would need to be taken to more efficiently use classroom space.

"Where we currently have capacity is unfortunately not where we have the greatest need," Superintendent Greg Power said. "We have space in our newer buildings where grades 5-12 are housed, but we have the greatest space challenges beginning to occur at our PreK-4 levels."

The relocation of preschool and kindergarten will allow room for additional growth in first and second grades, and due to this relocation, Butlerville and Maineville attendance areas are being reassessed. Power said that the district would be communicating with families about this and additional changes coming for the 2016-2017 school year.

"We know these changes will be affecting our very youngest students and their families and we are working diligently to minimize the effects of these changes," he said.

Read Power's recent blog post about grade reconfiguration and enrollment.