Class Size Reduction Initiative Off to Good Start

 Over the last several years class sizes in Stafford County Public Schools were rapidly growing.  One of the reasons I ran for the School Board was to do something about the growing class sizes.   On the board, I have advocated for the board to adopt measures that were focused on reducing class sizes in our schools.  As Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee last year, I advocated for the board to adopt budget priorities that were focused on reducing class sizes.  As a board we adopted those priorities and adopted a budget that has resulted in lowering our class sizes in our elementary schools.

I am pleased the School Board has moved towards a strategic management mindset.  We are working on moving the division forward through a newly adopted strategic plan, and adopting budgets that are focused on the priorities we set.   With that mindset we are well poised to continue making significant improvements like reducing class sizes.

In the FY 2017 budget our priorities were focused on reducing class sizes at the elementary school level.  With the budget we adopted we were able to hire the additional teachers needed to reduce class sizes in all of our elementary schools at all grade levels.   

While I am excited to realize our results at the elementary schools we still have work to do in middle and high schools.  However, I am pleased we made a little progress at both middle and high school this year.  The School Board will be focusing efforts in the FY18 budget on reducing class sizes in middle and high schools.

A full press release by SCPS can be viewed here.

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