The issue of class size dominated the Board of Education’s first meeting of the school year last week, when enrollment data was discussed on several occasions.As the new school year began last week, parents have expressed concerns about overcrowding in classes, saying with too many children in a class it makes it harder for teachers to focus on individuals, and as a result students suffer in their learning. Parents have long urged the board to create class size restrictions that would alleviate this problem, which would create more classes, but due to the cost no action has been taken.
Throughout the metting, several speakers touched on the issue, including PTA Council (PTAC) President Lisa Beth Savitz.
Ms. Savitz referenced the district’s Enrollment Report, pointing out multiple cases in which elementary school classes had reached the highest point of their student caps. Families, PTA members and administrators have recognized that “optimal learning cannot occur at the current student/teacher ratio,” she said.