WAMEGO, Kan. - An unexpected influx of new students has forced a northeast Kansas school district to call an emergency meeting to hire a new teacher.
The Manhattan Mercury (http://bit.ly/vURbFW) reports Wamego schools anticipated about 50 new students when classes started earlier this month, but instead had nearly double that amount.
The 96 new students represent a 6 percent increase over last year's total of 1,423. Superintendent Denise O'Dea says similar growth next year could push some of the district's buildings over capacity.
The senior class jumped from 90 students to 127, while kindergarten grew by 20 students, prompting the district to hire an additional kindergarten teacher.
O'Dea says she thought the increase was because of expansion of the local Caterpillar plant, but the company hasn't started hiring for its new positions.