Norwalk Board Releases Report On Classroom Sizes

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Naramake third-grader Carly Saunders protests expected classroom sizes last June at Norwalk City Hall.
Naramake third-grader Carly Saunders protests expected classroom sizes last June at Norwalk City Hall. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman/archive

NORWALK, Conn. – Fears were stoked this summer as both parents and schoolchildren alike were told that massive cuts in the Board of Education budget would likely result in more children being squeezed into Norwalk's classrooms.

How did that work out? According to information in the packet for Tuesday's BOE meeting, the board is considering corrective action for classrooms that have a large number of students. The report recommends adding five teachers and four aides.

Here is the list of problematic classroom sizes as of Oct. 9, along with recommended corrective action:

Brookside Elementary School:

  • Kindergarten: 23, 22, 22. Finding: Three classroom aides.
  • Second Grade: 23, 22, 22.
  • Third Grade: 26, 25, 25. Recommendation: Add one teacher.
  • Fourth Grade: 25, 25, 24. Recommendation: Add one teacher.
  • Fifth Grade: 25, 25, 24. Recommendation: Add one aide.

Columbus Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 23, 23.
  • First Grade: 23, 23. Finding: two classroom aides.
  • Second Grade: 23, 22. Finding: two classroom aides; one is assigned to second grade in the morning, fifth grade in the afternoon.

Cranbury Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 23, 22, 22. Finding: four classroom aides.

Fox Run Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 23, 22. Finding: three classroom aides.

Jefferson Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 22, 22, 22. Finding: four classroom aides (one is a special ed aide.)
  • Third Grade: 25, 24, 24, 24

Kendall Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 24, 24, 24, 24. Finding: four classroom aides. Recommended corrective action: Add one teacher.
  • First Grade: 24, 24, 24, 23. Finding: four classroom aides. Recommended corrective action: Add one teacher.

Marvin Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 22, 22. Finding: three classroom aides.
  • Third Grade: 26, 25, 25. Recommended corrective action: Add one teacher.

Naramake Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 22, 22, 22. Finding: four classroom aides.
  • Second Grade: 23, 23, 22. Corrective action: Add one aide.

Rowayton Elementary School

  • Third Grade: 25, 25, 25. Corrective action: Add one aide
  • Fourth Grade: 25, 25, 24.

Tracey Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 24, 23, 23. Finding: three classroom aides.
  • Second Grade: 23, 23, 22. Recommended corrective action: Add one aide.

Wolfpit Elementary School

  • Kindergarten: 23, 23, 23. Finding: three classroom aides.

Classroom sizes at the middle schools and high schools do not exceed the limit of 28 students, the document says.

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FYI - one Wolfpit Kindergarten has 24 kids.

the facts on the photo are:
In June the proposed budget would have cut a Naramake teacher creating 29-30 kids in each third grade class. Even though the horrific budget passed, they reinstated a teacher at Naramake to keep the numbers lower.

The photo is really a bad choice...very misleading. For those who don't bother reading the facts, it would appear that there are classes of 30. Not true!

I guess the question is to ask, what do the findings mean?

Will there be money to hire the teachers/aids recommended?
Or is this just more BOE lip service?