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Montessori Classrooms Could be Cut in Millcreek

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The Montessori classes offered by the Millcreek School District may soon come to an end.

On Wednesday, Millcreek School District Superintendent William Hall met with parents at Grandview Elementary School to explain why.

The proposal isn't sitting well Jennifer Lachappelle.

"I'm quite upset," said Lachapelle.  "We really are enjoying the teachers and the program.  The kids are thriving, and I just really see that this program is valuable."

There are currently four Montessori classrooms in the district, including two at Belle Valley Elementary and two at Grandview Elementary School.  According to Hall, the services are utilized by 63 students, prekindergarten through third grade.

Lachapelle says that the Montessori method of education allows students to develop at their own pace.

"There's a lot of mentoring happening within the classroom," said Lachapelle.  "A lot of individual learning that can happen, and customization of their program."

Courtney Spry's daughter is enrolled in the kindergarten Montessori class at Belle Valley.

"It's worked really well for her," said Spry.  "She's entering first grade next year, and she's already reading second grade level books.  She's doing a lot of things above and beyond her level because she was given that opportunity at age three to do things the kindergarten students do."

But the district is more than $4 million dollars in the red.  According to Hall, by eliminating the Montessori classrooms, the district will save more than $370,000.

The school board is expected to vote on this issue on April 3.

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