Class size shows little change, school official reports to board

December 11, 1992|By Anne Haddad | Anne Haddad,Staff Writer

Average class sizes in Carroll County showed little chang from last year, going down slightly at the elementary and high school levels, up slightly in middle schools.

Deputy Superintendent Brian Lockard presented the report to the Board of Education on Wednesday.

The average elementary class size by Sept. 30 was 24.89 students, down from last year's 25.03. However, fewer classes have 30 or more students -- 58 this year, compared with 62 last year.

In middle school, academic classes averaged 28 students per class, up a bit from 27.9 last year. The number of classes with 30 or more students is 372, compared with 335 last year.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling said the high number might be misleading: Middle schools often group students in some large classes so that others can be smaller.

In high school, the average class size for academic courses is 23.6, compared with 23.7 last year. The number of classes with 30 or more students is 202; last year it was 284.

In other action this week, the board indicated it could vote at a special meeting Jan. 5 to approve a boundary change for Winfield Elementary School that will shift about 179 students from the crowded Mount Airy Elementary School.

Administrators are recommending a plan that will affect students from all the communities between Braddock Road and Gillis Road and West Falls Road, as far west as and including Buffalo Road.

The move is needed because of crowding and growth in the Mount Airy area. Less growth is expected within Winfield's boundaries.

Also, the Winfield school is being remodeled and expanded, with completion expected by next fall to accommodate the additional students.

The board will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 5 in Mount Airy Elementary to hear final comment from the public and possibly to vote on the boundaries.

Also Wednesday, with two obstacles still to be overcome, the school board gave conditional approval to award a bid to Craft Construction Inc., of Reisterstown, for renovating and expanding the Mechanicsville Elementary School.

The $4 million contract award is still contingent on an approval from the county commissioners to allow a transfer of just over $500,000 from other school projects that won't be completed this year anyway.

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