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ST. ANSGAR -- St. Ansgar Elementary will have three sections of kindergarten instead of two during the 2019-20 school year due to growing enrollment. 

During Monday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Jody Gray said around 56 children will be in kindergarten this fall. 

"I know money (for additional staffing) is tight, but you need to do what's best for kids," she said. 

The last thing the district wants to do is lose students to other school districts because class sizes are too large at St. Ansgar, Gray said. 

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Just because an extra section of kindergarten is needed this fall doesn't mean those students will be divided into three sections all through school, according to Gray. 

She said those children could be divided between only two sections once they are a bit older, such as in second grade. 

School board member Tara Bork made a motion to add the third section of kindergarten this fall with the understanding that the situation will be evaluated annually and eventually those students will be divided into two sections instead of three. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved. 

To read the complete story, see the June 18 edition of the Mitchell County Press-News. 

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