Superintendent of Schools Mark Secaur aims to cap the size of any class in the district’s seven elementary schools at 25 students during a typical year.
Particularly mindful this year of keeping classroom density at an appropriate level, Secaur was pleased to report during Tuesday night’s board of education meeting that class sizes at the kindergarten through fifth-grade levels are projected to be well within targeted levels during the 2021-22 academic year that begins on Sept. 9.
The projected average class size for kindergarten will be 18.3 students, with first grade at 20.6, second grade at 20.8, third grade at 21.7, fourth grade at 20.9 and fifth grade at 21.6.
“Going into this year, we purposely sought to lower the numbers because of the pandemic-related concerns we all have,” Secaur reported during Tuesday’s board meeting.
Secaur indicated that class-size projections will continue to be vigilantly monitored.
“These are data we’re monitoring closely to make sure we don’t have creep,” Secaur said. “And if we make decisions to increase the number of sections, we’d like to do so sooner rather than later if there’s a need. But, right now, we’re safely within what our goal was for the beginning of the year.”