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VISD board to request class size waivers from state

By BY KAYLA BELL - KBELL@VICAD.COM
Sept. 13, 2011 at 4:13 a.m.


IF YOU GO

WHAT: VISD regular board meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Administration Building, Education Center Board Room, 102 Profit Drive

With nearly 500 more students joining the Victoria school district this year, the school board is expected to request permission to have more students in classrooms than allowed by the state.

The action is expected at the board's Thursday meeting.

The Texas Education Agency requires schools to keep a ratio of 22 students per teacher in grades kindergarten through fourth. If a class size exceeds that limit, districts must submit a request for a waiver.

The district has more than a dozen classes that exceed the size limit, said Diane Boyett, district communications specialist.

Though the actual number of waivers the district seeks will not be available until Thursday's board meeting, Boyett said no class size will exceed 24 students.

To accommodate the surge in enrollment, the district has had to move some elementary students from their neighborhood schools into other schools that could absorb the growth.

For example, a few students who live in Guadalupe Elementary's district were transferred to Dudley Elementary as the district's last resort.

"We would prefer not to be moving kids all over town," Boyett said. "I think most of the people are very understanding about it. They want what's right for their child."

The district will continuously monitor population patterns. Boyett said administrators will soon examine attendance zones, which could be altered every two to four years.

"It's our intention to keep on top of that so we don't end up in the situation where it's very heavy at one school and not at another, because that's not utilizing resources very well," she said.

Also on Thursday's agenda is an update on possible redistricting of the board's voting precincts based on the latest census numbers.

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