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Pleasantville School Board OKs Fourth Grade Class Cut

Next year, six fourth grade sections will mean an average class size of 23.

The elimination of one fourth grade teacher, effectively reducing a class section in 2012-13, received support from the school board on Tuesday.

If the budget is approved by voters on May 15, the reduction will bring the total number of certified staff to 37.5 from 38.5 and up the average class size for fourth graders to 23.

"I'm personally quite comfortable with this," said Trustee Shane McGaffey, who said he views the move more as "rightsizing," rather than downsizing.

The average class size for fourth grade is 21 this year and 23 the two years prior.

If seven sections are maintained, the average class size will be 20 for next year's fourth graders.

"I do think [23] is an appropriate class size," Principal Peggy Galotti told the board. "We have had it before."

Contractually, the maximum class size for kindergarten through second grade is 25. For grades three through six, the maximum is 26.

According to budget figures, there will be an overall reduction of $205,498 in the coming year for salaries relating to the 37.5 full-time equivalent staffers.

Said Trustee Louis Conte of the move, "This is reasonable given the times, given everything that is going on."

Chris Marengo April 18, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I graduated from the 8th grade, in a parochial school, with a class of 38. Our kids can't have more than 25 per class? No wonder our school taxes are through the roof. Cost per student is over $20K per studant a year. That's insane. And we allow it.

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