Article XV: Class Size


Section 1 – Elementary

A. Within twenty (20) school days after the beginning of the school year, the class size maximums will be:

Maximum/Classroom      
Transitional Kindergarten   20  
Kindergarten   33  
Grades 1-3   33  
Grades 4-6   34  

Maximum class sizes as stated in this Section shall be in effect until after the close of the state mandated test window if there is an increased enrollment in the school. Kindergarten maximum class sizes shall not apply during the last three school months.

Section 2 – Secondary

Maximum/Classroom

A. Intermediate/Middle Schools

Within twenty (20) school days after the beginning of the school year, the class maximums will be:

1. Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, Foreign Language, ESOL, Student Government, Family Life]

  36  

2. Electives:

     
  • a. Art, Computer Science, Homemaking, Publications, Study Skills, Computer Drawing, etc.
  36  
  • b. Word Processing
  40  
  • c. Music:
     
    • Choral
  60  
    •  Instrumental
  60  
  • d. Physical Education
  50  

B. Senior High

Within twenty-five (25) school days after the beginning of the first semester and twenty (20) school days after the beginning of the second semester, class size maximums will be:

1. Social Studies, English, Science, Mathematics, Foreign Language, Business (Except Word Processing)

  36  

2. Vocational Education, Arts & Crafts, Homemaking, Agriculture

  32  

3. Physical Education

  55  

4. Music

  90  

5. Word Processing (with aide)

  65  

6. Word Processing (without aide)

  45  

7. Driver Education

  70  

Student enrollment should not exceed number of workstations for activity or lab classes, or available seating capacity in regular classes.

Section 3 – Counselors

A. Counselor's load shall not exceed three hundred and seventy-five (375) students for each full-time counselor, excluding special counselors, vocational counselors, and attendance counselors.

B. When counseling hours in a comprehensive high school must be decreased because of decreasing enrollment, the part-time counselor's hours shall be reduced to preserve the ratio of thee hundred and seventy-five (375) students per full-time counselor and a ratio of sixty-three (63) students per counseling hour for the part-time counselor.

C. When counseling hours at a comprehensive high school must be increased because of increasing enrollment, counseling hours shall be added to the part-time counselor's assignment on a basis of sixty-three (63) students per counseling hour until a ratio of three hundred and seventy-five (375) students per full-time counselor is achieved.

D. Counselors assuming responsibilities for scholarship chairpersons shall be given one (1) period free of counselees. Said counselees shall be equitably assigned to other counselors.

Within twenty (20) days after the beginning of each semester, class enrollments will not exceed the maximums indicated without the written approval of the teacher involved.

Section 4 – Special Education

A. To the extent possible, the District shall maintain the following District wide Special Education class size averages in secondary schools with departmentalized Special Education programs. These class size averages refer to the caseload for the unit member.

Elementary Learning Handicapped   16  
Secondary Learning Handicapped   20  
Elementary Aurally Handicapped   8  
Secondary Aurally Handicapped   10  
Emotionally Disturbed   10  
Aphasic   13  
Early Start Severely Handicapped   14  
Preschool Severely Handicapped   10  
Elementary Severely Handicapped   14  
Secondary Severely Handicapped   14  
Anderson School   13  
Yvonne Harmon School   10  
Carmack School   10  

Any Special Education teacher whose class size exceeds these averages by more than three (3) students shall be paid ten dollars ($10) per day for each student in excess of three (3) but not to exceed five (5) students above the average. Payment shall commence on the eleventh (11th) school day. No unit member may waive the provision of this section.

B. Maximum caseload for resource specialist in the Learning Handicapped Program shall be as follows:

187-day work year   twenty-eight (28)  
215-day work year   thirty-three (33)  
28-day work year   thirty-five (35)  

The maximum number of students on track at any one time for each year-round resource specialist shall not exceed twenty-eight (28).

Section 5 – Librarians

The District shall maintain the existing staffing policy for the allocation of librarian positions.

Section 6 – Music Classes

Music teachers, with the approval of their supervisor, may elect to reorganize their classes for the purpose of specialized instruction, including, but not limited to, creation of very small classes as well as very large classes that exceed the maximums set forth in Section 2 of this Article.