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School leaders deal with class size restrictions

December 11, 2006

Albany--  Dougherty County school leaders will join other Georgia school systems in asking for a waiver from the state.

The Truth in Class Size act limits the number of students in kindergarten through eighth grade classes. Some systems say they just can't afford to hire the necessary teachers.

Dougherty County leaders say more students and a shortage of highly-qualified teachers led to scheduling problems. They say the student-teacher ratio in many classes exceeds the state's limits.

Monday night, School board members voted to file an application with the state to waive those restrictions.

"We're submitting ours so it can be put before the state board in early January and any class that goes over between now and then, we'll have to submit successive waivers in the future," said School Finance Director Robert Lloyd.

School Superintendent Sally Whatley said in the meeting that most classes that didn't live up to the rules were only over by one or two students and some of those are now down.

Lee County and Terrell County are also among more than two dozen systems that have applied for waivers and more are considering it.