Smaller Classes in Waynesboro on the Way

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

Early this fall the Waynesboro School Board commissioned the development of a long range strategic plan to establish major goals and objectives for the next six years.

The long range plan has six focus areas one of them is the "Learning Environment". It calls for improving the teacher student ratios over the next several years.

Kindergarten through 3rd grade should have 18 students per teacher by 2005. Fourth and 5th grades should have 20 students per teacher by 2006. And grades 6th through 12th should have an average of 22 students per class by 2007.

School officials say the size of the class is important to the quality of education to your child.

"We're attempting at this point to lower the class sizes," said Mitch Peeling Principal of Waynesboro High School. While classes are not overly large right now, we want to continue to try and look at that and decrease class size so we can get more one on one attention with students."

School Board members are expected to vote on the adoption of the long range plan next month.

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