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Delaware May Have to Hire More Teachers

DELAWARE (James Jackson) -- A local school district is scrambling to get enough teachers for all of the students who will start class tomorrow.

Delaware City School Superintendent Paul Craft says his district is making last-minute adjustments. Delaware has around 200 more students this year, compared to last year.

"We may hire a teacher as late as today. It's that quickly that we have families enrolling in," Superintendent Craft said.

If you visit Robert F. Schultz Elementary School in Delaware, youll see people hard at work painting and getting ready for school. Welcome signs line the halls ready to greet kids.

Laurie Dieter teaches 4th grade. She says teachers have been getting ready for the last month.

"We've had teacher meetings. We've planned with our team. The teachers have been busy planning and copying and getting bulletin boards up and making sure we're ready for the first day tomorrow," Dieter said.

That first day comes with higher student expectations from school leaders. Children will also see changes to lesson plans.

"We're teaching electricity, light and heat this year, which is a totally different subject for us. So where as before, units we have taught, the kids are getting in even earlier grades or after they leave us," Dieter said.

School officials at Robert F. Schultz want parents to know, starting tomorrow, theyre putting a special emphasis on writing skills to get their kids ready for a bright future.

They also say, if your child rides a bus, plan on leaving a few minutes early to get the student to the bus stop, because drivers are still learning their routes.

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