GENEVA – St. Peter School leaders Thursday told parents that enrollment continues to increase for the next school year, but more students are needed to create more than one classroom section at each grade level.
The private school, located at 1881 Kaneville Road, currently has 284 students registered for the 2014-15 school year, said Larry Johnson, the school's acting principal. Enrollment was at 200 students before Rev. Martins Emeh of St. Peter Catholic Church earlier this month wrote to parents about the decline in student numbers.
After Emeh's letter, more families began to enroll. Over 200 parents from those families attended a parent meeting Thursday at the school gym to receive an update from St. Peter administration.
The growing enrollment resulted in a second section, or additional classroom being added at first and eighth grades, as well as the addition of a half-day kindergarten program, Emeh said.
Classes that are at or nearing an enrollment of 32 students will receive assistance from a full-time co-teacher. The teacher will move around to different classes and grade levels wherever he or she is needed, Johnson said.
Johnson and Emeh also took questions from parents, some of which shared their frustrations and concerns. Amanda Colgan of Geneva said Emeh's letter was a total surprise earlier this month. She wanted to know if communication between the school and parents will improve.
"Will that kind of surprise ever happen in the future?" Johnson asked, referring to the letter. "No – that's not how I operate."
Several parents also shared how their children have benefited from a St. Peter education.
Peggy Franz of Geneva said the academics at the school are incredible and the students really learn how to write well and construct paragraphs at an early age.
"This school is fabulous," Franz said. "Don't give up on this school."