SMALLER CLASSES

The proposed FY 2015 operating budget includes the restoration of more than 100 teaching positions based on needs identified within schools.

Understanding that resources are limited, the School Board has asked the instructional team to develop a plan that returns the school division to the differentiated funding model that worked so well in the past. Under this model, the restored teaching positions would be allocated to grade levels and schools with identified needs.

The proposed staffing increases at the elementary school level will cap fourth- and fifth-grade class sizes and provide additional support for non-Title I schools that have free/ reduced-price lunch rates greater than 30 percent.

The proposed staffing increases provide targeted support across all secondary schools while focusing on the greatest at-risk populations and student performance concerns. At the middle school level, the focus is on the areas of greatest needs based on current student performance. The additional staffing would also help middle schools achieve a goal of having all middle schools teamed at the sixth- and seventh-grade levels by 2015, while providing flexibility in elective offerings. At the high school level, the focus is on math and transitional services for at-risk students.

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