Spike in first-grade enrollment may prompt new hire next year, Marlborough Superintendent says

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By Stuart Foster, Contributing Writer

Exterior view of Marlborough’s new Goodnow Brothers Elementary School.

MARLBOROUGH – A larger than expected class of first-grade students entering the Marlborough Public Schools this year could necessitate an additional full-time equivalent position at the second-grade level next year, Superintendent Michael Bergeron said Sept. 28.

Bergeron spoke during a School Committee meeting, updating committee members on Marlborough elementary school class sizes and enrollment. 

There are 2,391 students currently enrolled at the elementary level, he said, adding that this is “pretty close” to the estimation in last year’s budget of 2,389 students.

There are more first-grade students than anticipated, though.

“We’re up to 434 first-graders,” Bergeron said. “I think we were expecting a bump there; I don’t think we were expecting that big of a bump.”

Bergeron said that this could require the addition of a full-time equivalent position for the second grade in next year’s school budget.