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School board approves class size increase
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Class sizes in Bryan County schools could get a little larger this year.

The Bryan County Board of Education approved 4-1 a maximum class size resolution for the 2011-2012 school year during its regular monthly meeting Thursday in the BoE office in Pembroke.

Board member Dennis Seger cast the sole opposing vote, and member David Schwartz was absent.

With the new resolution, classrooms in Bryan County could exceed the current state department of education class size of 32 by up to five children, according to Superintendent John Oliver, giving some classes a total of 37 students.

“It will be between one and five students in each of our program categories,” Oliver said. “That doesn’t mean that our classes will have five additional (students), but it gives us that flexibility.”

That increase would be in classes like science, English and math, not physical education, Oliver said, adding the maximum class size for a PE class is 40 students.

Oliver also gave his monthly report, saying he didn’t foresee any obstacles in terms of starting the school year. He said he anticipates 2011-12 to be a good year.

Read more in the July 30 edition of the News.

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