Nov. 14, 2012 — On the plus side, teachers said, the extended-family atmosphere means they know virtually every student, their strengths, weaknesses and needs.
Recognizing needs early and meeting them promptly keeps more students performing at or above grade level.
However, fewer students means it is statistically easier to fall behind in state rankings, Baker said. “One or two kids could knock us out.”
Once eyed for possible closure, Star now is on track for a major renovation in a couple of years, Baker said. Built in 1958, the building needs windows, roofing and other basic upgrades, but Baker said he’d like another room or two. Currently some spaces serve double duty, like the stage, which is used for some classes.