It's day one for 400 new kindergarten students at Mark Twain Elementary School in Carthage. Tonight in our Brad's Beat Report, KSN's Brad Douglas shows us why there are so many more kids calling carthage home this year.
The kindergarten classes are filling up in Carthage. This year they have a record 400 students enrolled. Carthage Superintendent Dr. Blaine Henningsen says the numbers just keep going up.
"Our enrollment in Carthage has been growing for the last ten years. We've increased 80 students a year for the last several years had a real steady growth," says Carthage Superintendent Dr. Blaine Henningsen.
And in order to handle that many kids, you have to hire more teachers.
"We've hired 10 new teachers. We hired 9 or 10 last year and the year before that."
Laurel Rosenthal is the principal of Mark Twain Elementary. She says the reason for the increase...
"There's a lot of movement, people are moving into the community.We're just glad they're here," says Mark Twain Elementary Principal Laurel Rosenthal.
Laurel has been at Mark Twain for a record 47 years and she says on her first day the classes were more packed then they are now.
"I had 38 in the morning and 36 in the afternoon. Rooms without water, without bathrooms. It was great and I loved every minute of it.'
And just like the kids, on the first day of class she too gets butterflies in her stomach.
"When I walk in the building I love every minute, but was up at 3:15 this morning if that tells you anything."
"I was a little bit nervous but i'm not," says 5 year old Breckin Cline.
So what do the kids think of having 400 new kindergartners?
"That means I'll make lots and lots of new friends," says Sage Gonzalez who loves 400 new friends.
Jacob Eulitt says there's two things he's been looking forward to in kindergarten.
"Recess and lunch," says Jacob Eulitt.
A kid after my own heart. He's also looking forward to several other things.
"Learn how to write and read and color and how to type."
Dr. Henningsen says if the growth continues they may need to go to the voters to build additional schools.