Larger class sizes worry parents and teachers in the Taylor Public School District and demand change
11:27 PM, Sep 16, 2013
11:38 PM, Sep 16, 2013
TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - Parents and teachers upset about bigger class sizes in Taylor Public Schools went to their school board Monday night to demand a change.
The district faces a large budget deficit and the problem of taking in students from the dissolved Inkster School District.
"All I'm asking is that you can take the children into consideration," said one parent who stood up at the podium during the public comment.
Teachers and parents at the Taylor School Board meeting did not hold back when voicing their concerns.
"It is not fair to the kids. They are not getting the education they need. It's just, it's very unfair to them," said Dawn Alef. Alef teaches at Holland Elementary. A fourth and fifth grade split class with 35 students. She said 35 students in one class is too large.
"I'm doing the best that I can, but it's not educationally sound for kids," said Alef.
But having some split classrooms in the elementary schools and classes between 27-33 students in many grades will be the new normal in Taylor Public Schools this year.
"I'm worried about them getting their needs met," said Janise Robinson, a parent and teacher in the district."
Split classes and larger classes are a direct result of a $9 million dollar budget deficit and 259 students they took in from the dissolved Inkster School District.
"I mean I understand that. It's a financial decision as well. We are a deficit district and we have to spend our dollars wisely," said Taylor Superintendent Diane Allen.
The board went into a closed session to try and find a solution and came back out and voted to bring back 15 teachers who were laid off.
The superintendent said they have one science class that is about 55 students but the class will be smaller with the rehire of a science teacher.
The board has found a start to a solution, but now a new problem popped up in the district. The district inherited three buildings from the former Inkster School District--three buildings they cannot afford.
The superintendent said the district has a meeting with Wayne RESA who supervises the public school districts in Wayne County to see what can be done about the burden of the additional buildings.
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