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EDUCATIONAL EQUILIBRIUM: WCCS finds balance in class sizes

October 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With consistent budget cuts and little room for additional staff, many Indiana schools are struggling with class sizes.

Despite the difficulty, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has balanced out its classes — for now.

WCCS had a slightly higher enrollment this school year — two students — but as population grows and more students are attending school, changes may need to be made.

“Right now, our class sizes are right where we want them to be,” said WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor. “But if we increase enrollment numbers, we’re going to want to look at increasing our staff.”

As of now, O’Connor said the schools are able to work within the amount of staff they have, though class sizes in some of the elementary schools are starting to reach capacity.

“The smaller schools are harder to address,” O’Connor said.

At the elementary schools, there are typically only two classes per grade level.

“There may have been a day when there were three teachers with smaller class sizes, but I think those days are over,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor said with funding, the most practical solution now is to add a five-hour aide to some of the classes with close to 30 students.

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