Class Size Strategiesfor School Year 2011 As of July 29, 2010
Class Size Update • Per Florida Legislature, each school district must hold public hearings and provide information on its website concerning strategies to meet class size maximums for the upcoming school year • Our public hearing was advertised in the News-Press on June 25 • Public hearing was held on July 29, where the Superintendent discussed a two-phase class size reduction implementation plan
Class Size Strategies Phase I • Elementary schools were allocated teachers at 18:1 student teacher ratio for grades K-3, and 22:1 for grades 4-5 • Designated “growth” schools received additional teachers to start class sizes low. Those schools will receive the bulk of the new students throughout the year once other schools are full • Actively looking to hire retired teachers (at suggestion of Foundation for Lee County Public Schools Board)
Class Size Strategies Phase I • Secondary schools were given additional teachers to lower ratio to .5 under the mandatory class size cap (21.5:1 for middle schools, 24.5:1 for high schools) • Secondary schools should work to: • Schedule all certificated personnel (APs,Guid,Media) • Invite teachers to work extra period • May need to fill in with long term subs as co-teachers
Class Size Strategies Phase II (if citizens don’t support class size modification to school wide average) • Will need to hire additional teachers at all levels • May also need additional temporary classroom space • Total cost of Phase II=$5 million • Reserve set aside in budget for phase II implementation
Class Size Strategies • Phase I has already been implemented at a cost of $5 million • Phase II will be implemented at change in semester if necessary at additional $5 million cost • School district will have to spend additional funds in later years for teachers and buildings if school wide average is not attained
Class Size Strategies • The vote in November will have major implications on the education system in Lee County and throughout the State • The School District implores voters to get educations on the effects of the current class size amendment. 60% voter approval is needed to revise the current constitutional amendment. • Please VOTE!!!