Christina SD opts for larger classrooms, future reductions

By Jim Hilgen 1:39am, November 13, 2013 - Updated 9:50am, November 13, 2013
VIDEO: WDEL's Jim Hilgen talks with John Young on the Christina School Board.
With a number of K through 3 classrooms exceeding the state-mandated limit of 22 students the Christina School Board votes to waive compliance with the law.

WDEL's Jim Hilgen has more.

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State law gives districts that out, and in a 5-2 vote the Christina board took advantage of the option.

Board member John Young voted against the waiver.

He says it behooves the board to act in the best interest of the students.

"There's probably no more proven technique that making sure that classes are the correct size. Christina this year has enough money in its operating revenues. Right now we have an excess that would permit us to spend this money, and reduce class sizes, I feel, to the extreme benefit of the students," says Young.

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The hour long discussion of stirred interest in crafting a plan to reduce classroom sizes.

Board members repeatedly returned to the topic of the funding needed to right-size classrooms across the district.

Young wants to see the classroom reductions begin immediately.

"The statement has to begin somewhere, and hopefully a groundswell of support for continuing that system throughout the K-12 continuum would occur. I, personally, believe that we would have a better chance of winning voter support, and referendum money if we were able to demonstrate that we were actually right-sizing classrooms," Young says.

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The outcome of those talks will likely lead to a referendum request in the coming years.

Young says he'd like to see a referendum proposal ready for the Spring, adding that it's not likely to happen that quickly.

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