In Wednesday’s Northfield News: No quick fixes for class size troubles:
At a Feb. 12 school board meeting, several parents expressed concern over how big some classroom numbers have become, particularly at Greenvale Park Elementary… “We just don’t have the budget capacity right now (to lower the class sizes),” Richardson said.
In today’s (Saturday) Northfield News: Letter to the Editor from Diane Nead:
Concern over large classes was a big topic before the election. If the school board knew the levy increase would not be enough to reduce class sizes, then I think it was misleading not to inform the citizens of this before the election. Among friends, fellow parents and teachers I know, it was assumed that reducing class size would be first priority if the levy passed. Now that the election is over class size has moved to a “long-term issue”. I urge the school board to put the levy money to its best possible use by reducing class sizes in the school year. And I urge all those in the Northfield School District to contact the school board asking that they reduce class sizes before the money is spent elsewhere.
In the District’s levy referendum guide (PDF), distributed prior to the Nov. 7, 2006 election:
- Your vote will make a difference for our students and for our communities. Reasonable class sizes, comprehensive programs, and high quality facilities are often cited as significant factors in helping to attract new students, families, businesses and industry to the area.
- Voting YES means… Maintaining class sizes at the level for the next four to six years.
- The District promised “reasonable class sizes” and at the same promised to maintain class sizes at the current level. Were they misleading us?
- Are the costs of Special Education a factor? It’s not mentioned in the Northfield News article.
- Why not consider reducing the busing of students to save money and put it towards reducing class sizes? In Wednesday’s StarTribune: Lessons in leg power: “Safe Routes to School is a new national program to help get kids to school the old-fashioned way. So far, 17 schools in Minnesota have won federal grants to encourage walking and biking.”