Superintendent Bill McCown recommended to the school board the approval of a class size resolution to be presented to the state Department of Education to grant seat waivers for 8 classes for students in k-12.
The waiver request for the 2011-2012 school year was unanimously approved by members of the board at their regular monthly meeting Monday, April 11.
According to the waiver, the types of classes included are: regular education, English Language Learners (ELL), gifted, Early Intervention Program (EIP), remedial education program, vocational (CTAE), Alternative Education Program (AEP) and special education.
The waiver requests that up to three students over the state maximum be allowed per classroom, so teachers could see anywhere from one to three additional students in their classrooms in August next year.
Increasing class size is one of the flexibility options that were issued by the state Department of Education to all local school systems in 2010.
Before requesting waivers, school officials were required to keep kindergarten classrooms between 18-20 students; first through third-grade classes were limited to 21 students; and fourth-and fifth-grade and middle school classrooms were capped at 28 students.
Also during the Monday, April 11, meeting county BOE members:
The next board meeting is May 9 at 7 p.m. at the board of education building, located at 205 Warrior Path.