More than enough students in Red Clay

By Michelle Provencher 11:00pm, November 14, 2012 - Updated 11:41am, November 15, 2012
WDEL's Michelle Provencher interviews Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty on the overcrowded classrooms in Red Clay.
Too many kids and too few teachers is a common problem in New Castle County, and now Red Clay is the latest school district to apply for waivers which allow more than the maximum number of students per classroom.

Red Clay School Board members unanimously agreed to apply for a waiver allowing more than 22 students per classroom, which is the state maximum

Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty explains.

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"And so the waiver allows us to say, 'We've tried, here's our evidence that we've tried to lower it, but this is where we are at this time.' And through the funding situation, with our unit count, we're limited with what we can do."

Daugherty says this can be misleading, as a district must apply for a waiver even if there is only one extra student.

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"The problem that we have is that we'll pick up students even between the 30-day period between September and October. And one school, even one classroom, could be over the limit. We have several schools where there's one or two classes with maybe 23 or 24 students."

Christina School District decided this week it will also be applying for a classroom size waiver.


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