School districts still grapple with class size limits

Published: Monday, November 19, 2012 at 11:52 AM.

In Walton County, a similar scenario has played out year after year. Superintendent Carlene Anderson said she knows her district technically met the requirements, but was waiting for state approval on a few data issues that the district had to correct.

“I don’t like sitting in this position because we’ve been here before,” Anderson said. “We know we physically made it. I just need the data to be processed (by the state) that shows it.”

Santa Rosa County Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said he hasn’t heard back from the state, but he knows his district did not meet the requirements.

“We make every effort (and) it is a high priority for us … but we think that the academic environment is a higher priority,” Wyrosdick said.

It’s not the first time Santa Rosa has opted to stop moving students after about a month of classes. It also missed the class-size limit last year after meeting the requirements in 2010-11.

This year, the decision not to divide classrooms and hire more staff also came down to money.

“We are as strapped as can be,” Wyrosdick said. “The monies that they (the state) give for class size are just not enough.”

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