Grades to combine at area school

By Gary Brode |

Published 06/03 2014 10:24AM

Updated 06/03 2014 10:28AM

CHAMPAIGN -- St. John's Lutheran School will look a little different next year. In a closed door meeting, the church congregation was informed classes will be combined and some teachers won't be back. Church leaders wanted to keep the decision very private.

A few people leaving the meeting did say kindergarten will combine with first grade, second and third grades will combine as well as fourth and fifth grade classes. At least four teachers won't return. One was due to retire; the others were leaving anyway, but none will be replaced. One parent would only say "It's church business" when asked if the reason was financial.

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