So… PWCS has $2.7 million of “extra” revenue to play with. What should they do?
A few years ago the school division deliberately decided to run class sizes up the state’s legal maximum so that they’d have money available for other priorities. We now have classes in some high schools and middle schools with 35, or more, students. Teachers are overworked and are struggling keep up. Maybe doing something about that would be wise.
Chairman Johns raised the issue tonight. He got shot down.
That whole “any extra money we get will be allocated to reducing class sizes” promise that every school board member made and Superintendent agreed with when they deliberately chose to make class sizes this large, was a load of cow paddies.
What was the reason for doing absolutely nothing about class sizes?
Because having kids change classes in the middle of the year would be disruptive and we need a plan.
I’ve been asking for a plan to reduce class sizes for more than a year now. So has Jim Livingston. So has just about very teacher who has had the courage to address the school board. The BOCS asked for one several weeks ago.
Not one school board member has demanded one.
You want a plan school board members – then stop whining and direct the school division to develop one. At the pace things move around here, the plan might be done in time for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
Meanwhile we have $2.7 million that could be used to take some of the burden off of our teachers this year. While mid-year changes in classes would be disruptive, we do have options that aren’t that drastic, if we’re willing to consider them.
One option is to hire aides for any class at any school in the county that are over a set limit – like any middle school or high school core class with over 30 students in it. Another is to put a full time aide in every kindergarten and first grade classroom with over 22 students in it. There are other options, but we have to be willing to consider them.
Doing nothing because we don’t have enough money to reduce class sizes by the 5 – 7 needed to make a real difference is a cop out. It’s an excuse, and a pathetic one at that. None of our school board members were elected to sit about and moan. That’s not world class behavior.
Do something folks.