Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Live reporting - High School

Peter Light, High School principal

Still referencing the presentation posted earlier here

Estimating an additional 92 students at the high school for next year

Science safety dictates 24 as class size, schedules were then worked to accomplish this

Net reduction of 17 staff at high school
4 support (1 asst principal, 1 guidance, 1 secretary, 1 librarian)
8 core academic
5 non-core

Avg class size grows to 47 and 45, numerically that is how it works out, we can't physically fit that many in a room

A reduction from 1017 hours of instructional time to 890 hours, which would be below the state requirements

Adverse impact of Scenario B, lowers the avg class size but increases the case load for a teacher up to 200!

Important slide maps the critical considerations according to this year and each of the scenarios, A and B

If we go with Scenario A, we would likely go from "warning" status to "probation".

Scenario A with 8 teachers added back...

Armenio - I can understand 30 elementary in a classroom, at the high school these are adult size bodies, where do they fit?

Light - not easily

Armenio - there is an issue at the high school with text books, with 92 coming in, where do we stand?

Ogden - we did put in requests for capital to purchase the additional books, per Jeff Nutting the Council will be acting on the capital requests shortly.

Cafasso - how does NEASC work with class size?

Ogden - NEASC doesn't get into the specifics, they are looking at the overall performance

Cafasso - I am struggling with some avg class sizes being lower at the high school than at the elementary level where they should be lower

Rohrbach - what is the avg class load for the high school?

Light - I believe it is 80-100 student class load

Mullen - Would you keep the three languages?

Light - yes, with either of these.

Cafasso - what if you did cut one language?

Light - that would affect anyone with the language requirement to go on to college.

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