Harrison Elementary School adds new teacher late in school year

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG TV9)-- It's a sign of recovery for the Cedar Rapids Time Check neighborhood.

Harrison Elementary School is noticing higher enrollment for the first time since the 2008 flood.

The school added a new kindergarten teacher on Monday. The district says it needed that teacher because more students enrolled this fall than it anticipated.

Harrison Elementary saw a drastic drop in students after 2008, but now it's starting to recover.

The district assigns the number of teachers per school in the spring of each year.

The district estimated Harrison needed 13 classroom teachers. But a rush of families enrolled this fall. So the district added this kindergarten classroom Monday, to help solve overcrowding.

The district says this is a good problem to have.

"Enrollment increases as a district is where you want to be because it increases the amount of funding you get, so obviously it's very positive that we have an increase both at Harrison and at the district," Executive Director of Pre-K through 8th Grade Val Dolezal said.

The district says its hope is for these new students to stay in Cedar Rapids throughout high school.