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DCSS asks for larger classes

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System will ask the state for permission to increase class sizes because of budget cuts. 

In a four to two vote, board members decided to ask for a waiver that would allow class sizes to go up by five students in grades K through 12 and by three students in gifted courses and English language learner classes.

Superintendent Sally Whatley told board members the system doesn't plan to increase class sizes unless it's necessary to meet state guidelines. 

"This does not in any way prevent us from complying with that priority that is set by the board and as a school system," said Whatley. "However, if we don't apply for a waiver and we have one child over if you will, then the state will ask us why we've not applied for a waiver."

Right now the system has as many as 10 classrooms where students exceed the state mandated class size numbers.

After testing this week, schedules will be shifted again. The system must submit enrollment and class size numbers to the state by mid November.


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