Some of the new hires for the Winchester Public School District who were at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17.
Some of the new hires for the Winchester Public School District who were at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17.
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WINSTED — According to Winchester School Superintendent Melony Brady-Shanley, the beginning of the school year 2021-2022 will see the district’s largest enrollment in six years.

Superintendent Brady-Shanley discussed projected enrollment during the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

According to Brady-Shanley, as of the Aug. 17 meeting, this year will see at least 573 students enrolled in the school district, with 295 students at Batcheller Early Learning Center (Kindergarten through second grade), and 283 students at Pearson School (second grade through sixth grade).

“We also now have a total of 99 students coming into Kindergarten,” Brady-Shanley said. “It’s crazy to have that many students and such an influx.”

When asked if the school district would have enough Kindergarten teachers to teach the students, Brady-Shanley said “Barely. As long as we don’t get a larger influx in enrollment. But if we have a larger influx, we would be having a different conversation.”

New staff members

Superintendent Brady-Shanley introduced new staff members to the school district at the Aug. 17 meeting.

According to documents provided by the district, the district hired nine new staff members for the 2021-2022 school year, including four new staff members for Batcheller School, three new staff members for the Oak Street School, and one district-wide occupational therapist.

At Batcheller, these new school district hires include Library Media Specialist Kathy McNeiece, first-grade teachers Jeffery Durkin and Justina McGuire, Long-Term Substitute Amy Carlson, and School Nurse Jennifer Heller.

At Oak Street, new hires include second-grade teachers Alicia Rigdon and Kristin Martin, and Special Education teacher Angelica Hollister.

Danielle Smapieri has been hired as a district-wide occupational therapist.

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