Plainfield School District Adjusts Student-Staff Ratios

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Plainfield School District 202 school board on Monday made some slight adjustments to the district’s student to staffing ratios based on Supt. John Harper’s recommendations.

Staffing changes will go into effect for the 2013-14 school year. Harper said the change could mean layoffs, but it's too early to tell. Whether job cuts are in the future will depend on final enrollment numbers for next school year and, ultimately, the decision will rest with the board of educaton.

On Monday, board members voted to lower to ratio of guidance counselors to students at the high school level from one guidance counselor per 375 students to one guidance counselor for every 350 students while raising the ratio of students to deans.

Currently, the high schools have one dean for every 650 students. Next year, the high schools will have one dean for every 670 students, according to the school board’s vote.

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