LAKE PLACID - There are several big changes this year at St. Agnes Elementary School, a Roman Catholic School on Saranac Avenue.
St. Agnes Principal Catherine Bemis said the school's student body has increased and with it so will the faculty. The added students and teachers come in part because of the full-day universal pre-K program. Lake Placid Central School District was awarded a $405,000 state grant for the program, which will operate out of St. Agnes. The pre-K classes are five hours long.
"We have a number of new teachers this year in large part because of the new program," Bemis said.
St. Agnes Elementary School
(News photo — Daniel Cash)
Eight teachers in all were hired. The added teachers means there will be a lower student-to-teacher ratio, Bemis said.
"Half of the new hires are as a result of universal pre-K and other half is because the school is growing in all areas," she said.
New class offerings include a science lab program for the Kindergarten through third-grade.
"The new science program is very exciting because it will give each student a lab program," Bemis said.
The after-school program will also be enlarged this year. The program will include a several club offerings like French language club, science club library club, sports club, and a drama or music club. Bemis said the school hasn't decided yet whether to pick drama or music.
"This just makes sure there is time for learning that isn't directly tied to standardized testing and will also be tied to student interest," she said. "It will make sure a love of learning is fostered in each of those students."