Local school officials discuss class size bill at Superintendent Roundtable

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- The Southeast Education Alliance hosted the Superintendent Roundtable discussion about the plans and impacts of current legislation, which would limit kindergarten through 3rd-grade class sizes.

The General Assembly relaxed original legislation. However, some districts still worry their could be cuts to art and PE classes or teachers.

Monday’s session is meant to help regional school districts better understand strategies being considered and how these may impact the region’s educational services, staffing needs, facilities strategies and budgetary plans.

“We would love to have smaller class sizes,” Rick Stout, superintendent for Onslow County Schools, said. “This is an ideal situation. But we don’t have the capacity or the means to be able to fulfill smaller class sizes. We use the flexibility the best that we are capable of doing.”

To fulfill the requirements, Onslow Co. Schools will need to add an additional 147 K-3 positions.

Superintendents presented their thoughts, plans and impacts of the current K-3 class size legislation.

If passed, nearly 400 additional K-3 teachers will be needed across the 13 districts to meet the new requirements. Many superintendents are left asking where will they put these classes.

“You need to have a good class size average for ourEnglishh teachers and the same with our math teachers, so it’s very very difficult,” Dr. Dan Novey, superintendent for Carteret County Schools, said.

Other guests included each system’s Board of Education Chair, County Officials, State Legislators, and Public Information Officers.

Leaders met at 9:30 a.m. at the Family Education-Professional Development Center in Onslow County.

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