District administrators outnumbered the five district residents who attended Westerville City Schools' first town meeting of the year Monday at Alcott Elementary.

District administrators outnumbered the five district residents who attended Westerville City Schools' first town meeting of the year Monday at Alcott Elementary.

Most of the questions asked touched on issues the district is either now tackling or will face in the near future, Superintendent Dan Good said.

Also at the town meeting were school board members Kristi Robbins, Cindy Crowe and Mike Collins.

One parent asked whether the district would be bringing art back to sixth-graders. The district cut art for that grade four years ago to help balance the budget.

"I would like to say we would bring art back next year but I don't see it happening in the next couple of years," said Diane Conley, chief of academic affairs. "Right now, we hope to hold tight to other programs."

Collins said the board hopes to "get a sense of the community's priorities" over the next year as members look at district finances beyond 2010 in anticipation of going back to voters for more operating money.

Student enrollment and plans for reducing class sizes at schools in the northern and southern part of the district were also discussed.

District facilities and operations executive director Jeff LeRose said an outside company did 10-year enrollment projections that shows the district sufficient space for current students, although some schools are beyond capacity while others have space available. The district has started to look at attendance areas but has no formal plans to begin the process of redrawing boundary lines, he said.

In response to a question about the consistency of math programs from school to school, especially at the middle school level, Conley said all district math programs are now being reviewed.

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